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GES: Yilo Krobo Municipal Directorate Eyes Aggregate Six in Upcoming BECE

Two thousand and fourty-eight candidates made up of both males and females in their 3rd year across all Junior High Schools in the Yilo Krobo Municipality are preparing to account for their nine years of classroom learning engagement with teachers.

As part of preparations, Klo Agogo circuit of the Yilo Krobo Educational Directorate in the Eastern Region has organized a Basic Education Certificate Examination summit to prepare candidates for the 2018 West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination.

The basic national assessment is set to take place between 4th and 8th June, 2018, Rite FM can confirm.

Held in the Christ Apostolic Church premises in Klo Agogo on Wednesday, 351 candidates constituting 187 males and 164 females from four circuits namely; Klo Agogo, Opesika, Obawale and Nsutapong partook in the function.

The function which was organized and funded by the Young People’s Guide of the Bethel Presbyterian Church of Klo Agogo, was facilitated by examiners and invigilators from all BECE subject areas.

Candidate were taken through examination rudiments, key assessment questioning verbs (words) and expected answers, acceptable examination materials (pencil, pen, ruler, eraser…) and examination malpractice consequences.

Participated candidates were made to ask their challenging questions for clarification.

The Yilo Krobo Municipal Director of Education, Mr. Augustine Adusei who congratulated organizers, teachers, facilitators and candidates has also tasked candidates to work hard to score aggregate 6 since the entire municipality has for the past 2 years not scored aggregate 6.

He further stressed that the only way that feat could be achieved is hard work, determination and a total stay away from ‘telenovas and Kumawood movies.’

Former MCE’s Donation

Meanwhile, former Municipal Chief Executive for Yilo Krobo, Hon. Andrews Soda donated ten packets of Bic Pens to support candidates and tasked the Basic Design and Technology (BDT) facilitator, Mr. Alexandar Amanya to work and submit to him (Hon. Andrews Soda) an invoice for recommended WAEC pencils for Pre-Technical Drawing students which he will provide for all candidates.

Organizers

The Young People’s Guide of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Klo Agogo has for the past 6 years been organizing the BECE preparation summit for candidates. According to Mr. Freeman Larbi, an organizer and teacher, the introduction of the summit has tremendously helped improve upon the BECE results citing that a school which used to score zero percent before has for the last four consecutive years scored 100%.

Each pupil (candidate) received a long ruler, a Mathematical set, two Bic Pens and erasers as support towards the examinations.

According to the organizers, prayer and thanksgiving services before and after the examinations respectively, and excursion for candidates will climax their event.

Two candidates Rite FM spoke to after the exercise, expressed joy about the change and impact the summit is going to have on them as they prepare to account for their nine years of academic stewardship.

Agbozo Teiko Makumaa, a candidate said: “what I have learnt is that when I am asked to explain something, I have to explain, demonstrate and set examples if possible.”

“The most interesting part was where all the teachers that came were introducing us to numbering and arrangement of questions. I have seen many errors I have been making.…the major point for me also has to do with fear due to what my predecessors have been telling me, but today all the fear is gone,” Lawer Derrick Tettey of Obawale MA JHS said.

The Education Directorate and the Member of Parliament for Yilo Krobo Constituency, Hon. Magnus Kofi Amoatey have organized free vacation classes for the 2018 candidates across the municipal during the recent vacation. A number of Mock examinations were also organized for candidates.

Municipal Previous Performance

The Municipality has for the past three years obtained 83% and above, placing 3rd among 26 districts in Eastern Region with 90.4% in 2016. While the performance dropped to 90.1% in 2017, the number of 100% scoring schools also dropped from 38 to 36 schools.

The last time the municipality scored aggregate 6 was in 2015, meanwhile it scored aggregate 7 in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

A total of 914 male candidates scored 90.4%, 718 female candidates scored 89.8 leaving a gender parity of 0.6%.

Even though the above statistics sound pleasant, the Municipal Director, Mr. Augustine Adusei nevertheless charged candidates, teachers and other stakeholders to work towards scoring aggregate 6.

Source: Omanba Kodwo Boafo/ritefmonline.org

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