A Mock Examination project aimed at preparing Junior High School final year students across the country has been launched by the Ministry of Education in Accra last Thursday.

The first phase of the project is expected to benefit about 180,000 candidates who are preparing to write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in April this year.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister of Education, Ambassador Lee Ocran, disclosed that the project will seek to serve candidates from schools that have 50 percent or less of the qualifying pass rate required for candidates to gain entry into the Senior High Schools and Technical Institutes.
According to him, the total cost of the project is GH¢1,260,000.00, adding that government is committed to improving education in Ghana at the basic level and is concerned about the poor performance of the BECE candidates as recorded by the 2011 results.

The Minister hinted the Ministry’s plans to ensure general supervision of teachers to enhance performance in schools.

“As part of the long term measures, the Ghana Education Service is to institute measures to improve upon the general supervision in schools and to ensure that teachers, attendance and time on task are improved,” he reiterated.
The mock examination, Ambassador Ocran stated, if well structured and conducted according to experts, can be helpful in preparing candidates for such examination.
Ambassador Ocran noted that the Local Government has accepted the challenge to support the Ministry of Education in promoting quality education that will enhance the performance of the students in the rural areas.
The Ministry, he said, has requested for a proposal to enable them undertake the project in organising the mock examination.
The Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, in his remarks urged teachers, parents and government to play a vital role to make the exercise a successful one, adding that, his ministry will fund the project.
The Acting Director of National Centre for Research into Basic Education, Dr. Richard Ofori, said adequate resources should be provided at the rural areas since they have fewer resources and thus, if much attention is given, children’s ability would be improved for the attainment of better examination results.

STORY BY: EVANS OSEI BAFFOUR

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