The 2016 Presidential Candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo-Dankwah Akuffo Addo, has wished all candidates writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) across the country the best of luck in their exams.
About 428,030 candidates began this year’s BECE on Monday in 1,546 centres across the country and are due to end on Friday, June 19.
The NPP’s standard bearer in a statement released in Accra yesterday and copied to DAILY GUIDE prayed that the candidates remain in a better state of mind and health during and after their examinations.
Commenting on the importance of education to the prosperity and welfare of a society, the senior statesman noted that ‘…education is a matter of the greatest importance to the prosperity and welfare of any society.’
He argued that the surest way to transform Ghana into a modern productive nation in the global market was by giving each and every Ghanaian child free, quality education.
According to him, ‘If we seek to transform our country into a modern productive player in the global market, education and skills training of our young people are the surest bet,’ adding, ‘Quality, accessible education is the key.’
He therefore urged the students to take their examinations seriously in order to advance on the educational ladder to better increase their chances of contributing their quota to the development of their families and the nation at large.
‘I am asking our students to seize this opportunity with both hands and open the door to their own and Ghana’s bright future,’ he urged.
NPP Youth Wing
In a related development, the Youth Wing of the NPP has also wished the candidates well as they sit for their exams.
A press statement released and signed by the party’s National Youth Organiser, Sammy Awuku, stated that ‘The New Patriotic Party (NPP) would like to extend a message of goodwill to all candidates in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the country.’
It said ‘We wish to congratulate the children for their dedication and hard work throughout this period of ‘dumso-dumso’ which has made studying mostly in the evenings very difficult and frustrating.’
It added that ‘We urge the candidates not to lose hope in the face of daunting challenges and look into a brighter future which would among others entail free quality education at the senior high school level and decent jobs that would enable them build a comfortable life.’
Furthermore, it noted that ‘We again urge them to carry themselves appropriately and desist from any form of examination malpractices which would not only mar the examinations but also has the tendency of destroying their future.’
BY Melvin Tarlue
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