The New Experience With My Candidates – BECE 2017
Unlike the first and second batch of my students who sat for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), the third batch, 2017, had an awesome experience.
We were transported to Abura Dunkwa, where we will be staying and sitting for the exams without paying a dime as the Member of Parliament for Abura- Asebu Kwamankese, Hon. Elvis Donkor, provided transportation for the schools or BECE Candidates in his constituency which included Afrangua D/A Basic School, Mpeseduadze Bob Beadle, Gyabankrom D/A Basic school and others.
It has been the norm that schools in the district especially those far from the examination center, Abura- Asebu Kwamankese, moves to Abura Dunkwa, the district capital to spend 5 days to write the exams. A school would have to look for accommodation in the Abura Dunkwa township, get a bus that will convey the pupils to and fro.
This has always been a headache to most schools, pupils and parents; paying transportation fees, getting food stuff and groceries for the pupils and sometimes paying for the accommodation. – There has been several complain by most schools to WAEC via Ghana Education, that, schools in the rural communities be given examination centers closer to them.
Luckily for us this year, we had an accommodation which one will term as a modern apartment; cemented, ceiling fan, water, toilet (WC) and bath (shower) – I think this batch is really going to have a comfortable 5 days stay.
Previously, we would have mud houses with no toilet facility; we had to move to the bush to do ‘the thing’. The bathhouse wasn’t that Okay, the room had just a window, no ceiling fan and the room size too small.
Interestingly, this year we presented 9 candidates, one tiny baby girl who is just two months old and the baby’s grandmother plus 3 teachers. We met other students also in the same apartment; modernized one. Haha! The apartment is accommodated about four different schools with both boys and girls sleeping in the same room or hall.
The 9 pupils woke up around 4:00 am to prepare for the day’s exams by the help of Mr. Elliot Bonful, the assistant head teacher of Afrangua and Mr. Thomas Amponsah, a tutor. On the first day of the exams, Monday 5th July, 2017, the pupils wrote English Language and Religious and Moral Education.
After the two papers, the guys came home and from their faces, about 80% of them looked excited; ‘Sir, it was okay, we did our best’’ as they lamented.
First day wasn’t really packed but one interesting thing is myself and some of the teachers couldn’t sleep because Vincentia, the little baby girl, wouldn’t stop crying throughout the night. We had to prompt the mother, who is a candidate, to feed the baby… Uhuh!
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