For the first time in the history of the Obuasi East District, the total number of girls registered to write the 2022 BECE exceeds that of boys.
This was disclosed to the Media by the District Education Director Kwabena Owusu Nketia when he led the District Chief Executive and the Member of Parliament for Obuasi East to inspect BECE centers in the District.
The team visited three centers Artic school, Christ the King Catholic and Boete JHS, to have first hand information about how the Exams were conducted in the centers.
Mr. Nketia said among the 1,944 registered for the Exams, 1, 028 were girls whiles 916 were boys. He added that 1,434 of the registered students were from public schools whiles 508 came from private schools in the District.
” To have the number of registered girls exceeding boys is refreshing especially when we have always championed girl child education and women empowerment “, he added.
He said the Directorate together with stakeholders such as the Obuasi East District Assembly, AngloGold Ashanti and the PTAs of various schools organised four (4) mock exams for the candidates to prepare them adequately for the Exams. This he said was intended to allay the fears among students towards examinations.
The Member of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Patrick Boakye Yiadom expressed satisfaction with the manner the Examinations were conducted. He said the children have been adequately prepared hence was upbeat about positive results after the Exams.
He reiterated his commitment towards improvement in education in the District. He said ” I have toured BECE centers in my Constituency since I became the Member of Parliament. I have keen interest in educational development here hence my resolve to be involved in this monitoring exercise”.
He also seized the opportunity to admonished the candidates to eschew any form of exams malpractice since it has the tendency of ruining their future if they are caught.
The District Chief Executive Hon Faustina Amissah on her part posited that, passing BECE is a springboard towards a desirable future hence advised the candidates to put in their best efforts to pass the exams.
She expressed her excitement over the turn out of girls during the first paper “. I am extremely excited to hear that no girl withdrew from the examinations as a result of pregnancy. This is positive news for us. Atleast there is nobody writing the exams whiles carrying pregnancy “.
Hon. Amissah was further optimistic that the presence of government officials at the BECE centers will serve as a morale booster for the students to pass their exams.