Takoradi, Feb. 1,  GNA – The Sekondi-Takoradi

Metropolitan Directorate of Education has ordered final year

students of the Junior High School (JHS) in the metropolis to sign

an undertaking with their parents as witnesses to be of good

behaviour until they write the Basic Education Certificate

Examination (BECE).

Nana Kofi Adjei Mbeah, Metropolitan Director of Education told

the Ghana News Agency in Takoradi on Wednesday that the move was to check

truancy among the students.

He said reports had indicated that as soon as final year students of

the JHS were registered for the BECE, a  majority of them refused to attend

classes but returned to write the papers when examination started.

The Metropolitan Education Director noted that such acts of truancy

impacted poorly on their performance as they deliberately refused to

attend classes to learn what was ahead of them.

He said parents and guardians should be held responsible for the

continuous absence of their wards from school since it was their

onerous duty to monitor their school attendance.

To address the situation, the Education Directorate designed a

form specifying detailed information about the students and their

wards, which should be signed by students with the parents and

guardians witnessing.

For instance, the form bears information like name, profession,

hometown of parents/guardians as well that of candidates and

their date of birth, among other things.

Nana Mbeah asked teachers and their heads to report any truancy

for immediate action to be taken as contained in the declaration

form.

He reminded the head teachers not to register candidates from

different school or students in JHS One and Two or face severe

sanctions by the GES.

Nana Mbeah equally encouraged the head teachers to submit their

register on time, warning that any delay and wrong submission of

data would attract penalty by the West Africa Examinations Council

(WEAC) and disciplinary action by the GES.

The Metropolitan Education Directorate recorded a score of 62.49 per cent in

the previous BECE, he stated.

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