Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini advising candidates at the start of the exams

Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini advising candidates at the start of the exams

Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, has cautioned candidates against cheating in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination, BECE.

Over 400,000 candidates are sitting for the exams across the country.

The Northern Region alone presented a total number of 37,691 candidates from 667 schools in the 26 districts for the exams which started on Monday June 15.

In the Northern Region, a total number of 20,948 are boys whiles 16, 743 are girls.

The Deputy Regional Minister, Alhaji A.B.A. Fusieni, accompanied by the Regional Director of Education, Alhaji Muhammed Haroon Cambodia and the Metro Director of Education, Alhaji Abdul-Rahman Shani, visited some of the examination centers to advice candidates and wish them success.

The Deputy Minister admonished the students that their success in the exams was critical to their future and advised them to avoid cheating in any form adding that ?if you are caught in that act you may be suspended from writing the rest of the examination or ban totally from participating in future examination of this sort.?

He bemoaned the poor performances in previous examinations in the region pointing out that ?we occupy eighth or ninth positions in the country?.

Alhaji Fusieni urged the candidates to uplift the position to ?an enviable level?.

?You are as good as your counterparts in the country, so do not let fear, panic and lack of concentration take the better part of you.?

He said government has provided better school infrastructure for conducive teaching and learning and it was time the candidates justify the investment made on them.

The Regional Education Director, Alhaji Cambodia, said his outfit has dealt with teacher absenteeism and lack of adequate teacher preparation for effective teaching which was one of the causes of poor performance in examinations.

The director urged invigilators to be play effective roles in ensuring that cheating is not permitted in the examination adding that ?this can lead to a closure of some centers which will not augur well for educational development in the region.?

The Metropolitan Director of Education, Alhaji Shani, said the manpower development of every country is centered on quality of education, saying ?you are aware the region is one of the poorest in the country and you have to play your part to salvage the poverty levels in this area by your excellent performances.?

He said the region has vast land and some natural resources and needs manpower to tap them to serve the region and the country at large.

Alhaji Shani said the Tamale Metropolis has 74 schools with 3931 candidates taking part in the examination.

Source: Zakaria Abdul Kadiri , tv3network.com

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