The Ghana Education Service (GES) has refuted rumors circulating about the cancellation of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for Junior High School students in the country. The GES clarified that while there are changes underway in the curriculum, the BECE will not be eliminated.
Dr. Eric Nkansah, the Director General of GES, addressed the issue during a stakeholder engagement on the grading system organized by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). He emphasized that the transition from the old objectives-based curriculum to the standards-based curriculum may result in alterations to the nature and structure of the BECE. However, he categorically stated that the examination will still be administered.
Dr. Prince Hamid Armah, the executive secretary of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA), had previously advocated for the replacement of the BECE. Dr. Armah argued that the current examination does not align with the country’s educational standards and proposed the creation of a new assessment system to evaluate teaching quality. However, the GES has clarified that despite the ongoing curriculum changes, the BECE will remain a crucial part of the education system.
The discussion surrounding the cancellation of the BECE has attracted attention in the past, with the government expressing intentions to automate the basic education system for Junior High School students. While this automation might streamline educational processes, the GES affirms that it does not involve the elimination of the BECE.
In conclusion, the Ghana Education Service has firmly denied reports of canceling the BECE. While the curriculum changes may impact the format and content of the examination, the GES emphasizes that the BECE will continue to be an integral part of the education system in Ghana. The ongoing transition from the objectives-based curriculum to the standards-based curriculum signifies an evolution in the educational approach, aiming to enhance teaching and learning outcomes for students across the country.