A TOTAL of 39,573 final-year Junior High School (JHS) students are writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at various centres in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
They comprise 21,645 males and 17,928 females, with Sunyani Municipality presenting the highest number of girls. Out of the 3,261 candidates in the municipality writing the BECE, the girls constitute 1,647, while the boys are 1,614.
The Sunyani Municipal Director of Education, Mary Gyimah, told DAILY GUIDE that the Municipality has reached the gender parity in education after recording more girls than boys writing this year’s basic examination.
Madam Gyimah who toured the 12 examination centres in the city on Monday advised the candidates to eschew examination malpractices, as that could land them in trouble and derail their future prospects.
She further advised the candidates to be courageous and trust in the preparations they have made so far towards the examinations.
The Sunyani Municipal Education Director used the occasion to call for prayers for the candidates for smooth and incident-free examinations throughout the period.
The 2014 BECE which started on Monday June 16, 2014 would end on Friday June 20, 2014.
In all, a total of 422,946 students comprising 223,765 males and 199,181 females are expected to take part in this year’s BECE examination across the country with the Ashanti Region presenting the highest number of 83,859 candidates made up of 43,326 boys and 40,533 girls.
The candidates, who are from 12,562 public and private schools, would write the examination at 1,437 centres across the country.
Last year, a total of 391,079 students sat for the BECE, while the year 2012 saw a total of 376,859 writing the exams.
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FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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