The Ministry of Education (MoE) says it will investigate allegations that the headmaster of Buduatta DA Junior High School (JHS) in the Gomoa East district of the Central region has squandered the 2023 BECE registration fees of his final year students.
The Education Ministry’s decision follows a media report that some students of Buduatta DA JHS could not participate in the ongoing 2023 BECE with their parents accusing the headmaster of squandering their registration fees.
In a viral video, some parents are seen consoling their crying wards while lamenting how the children put in efforts to prepare for the 33rd edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) but all have gone to waste.
Two students of the Gomoa-based Buduatta DA Junior High School (JHS) according to sources were denied access to write the first paper of the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) on Monday August 7 2023.
But, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng reacting to the allegation said the government absorbed BECE registration fees of public Junior High School (JHS) final-year students participating in the examination
It is important to clarify that, unlike private schools, students enrolled in public Junior High Schools (JHS) are not required to pay any registration fees for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)
The Ghanaian government, in its commitment to ensuring quality education for all, covers the entire cost of registration for the BECE for students in public schools,” the spokesman said in a post sighted by AcademicWeek.com.
Kwarteng added “therefore, the allegations of the headmaster squandering registration fees should not apply to public Junior High Schools, as there is no financial burden placed on the students or their parents for BECE registration.”
The Public Relations Officer for the Education Ministry (MoE) has encourage parents and guardians to verify information and seek accurate details regarding matters related to education to avoid any misconceptions.
A total of 600,714 prospective candidates, comprising 300,323 males and 300,391 females from 18,993 Junior High Schools are writing the 2023 BECE scheduled to end on Monday August 7, 2023 to Friday August 11, 2023.
The number of candidates that registered for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School according to the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) is 8.8% higher than the 2022 entry figure of 552,276.
“The BECE for School Candidates will be held at 2,137 examination centres across the country, while 15 centres mainly in the regional capitals will be used for the BECE for Private candidates,” WAEC said in a post sighted by AcademicWeek.com.
For BECE School and Private candidates, 21 subjects, comprising 5 Core and 16 Electives will be made available to them. In addition to the 5 Core subjects, the School candidates will be given the option of choosing 4 Electives to make a maximum of 9 subjects.