Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang
The number of pregnant girls, who wrote this year’s basic education Certificate examinations (beCe) in the Agona West municipality, increased from four last year to 10.
This came to light when Samuel Oppong, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Charles Obeng-Inkoom, Member of Parliament (MP) for Agona West and Francis Obeng Ampadu, Municipal Director of Education and his deputy, Ernestina Nkansah, visited some examination centres within the Municipality.
The officials were told that two girls, who delivered two days before the examinations, could not take part.
They attributed the plight of the girls to financial constraints of their parents.
In all 2,382 candidates made up of 1,155 boys and 1,127 girls from 91 private and public schools, are taking part in the on-going examinations at five centres.
At the Lower Bobikuma Methodist /ADA examination Center, Jonas Donkor, Supervisor at the centre, told the officials that a candidate has travelled outside the country.
At Agona Nyakrom Siddiq Senior High School center, it was revealed that a girl died three months before the commencement of the BECE.
The MCE advised the candidates to avoid examination malpractices because it could lead to their conviction of not less than four years, and wished them success.
The MCE said the Assembly was not pleased about the previous BECE results despite huge investments government made in the education sector in the Agona West.
Mr Obeng-Inkoom, MP for Agona West, said the visit was to give the candidate moral support to enable them get better grades in the examinations.
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