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16 June 2016

Agona West MP provides free accommodation for candidates

Agona West MPLower Bobikuma (C/R), June 15, GNA – The MP for Agona West, Mr Charles Obeng-Inkoom, has provided free accommodation for 27 candidates writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to prevent them from commuting from Abigyakwaa and Kukurantumi to examination centers at Agona Abodom.

The teachers who are with the candidates have also been provided with accommodation for the five-day period in addition to free breakfast.

The MP made this known when he toured 10 BECE centres in the Agona West Constituency.

A total of 2,588 candidates made up of 1,333 males and 1,255 females are writing the examination.

Mr Obeng-Inkoom was accompanied by Ms Elizabeth Hellen Essel, the Agona West Municipal Director of Education, Ms Matilda Swatson, the Human Resource Director of  Agona West Municipal  Education and Mr Kobena Mintah, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of GES, Agona West.

The MP also gave money for the purchase of energy bulbs for the Lower Bobikuma Methodist School examination center.

At Nyakrom Senior Technical High School Examination center, a female candidate of the Holy Quran Junior High School at Agona Nyakrom did not turn up to write the examination because she was nursing a one month old baby.

Mr Hope Yao Agligo, a Supervisor at Agona Nkum Examination Centre, told the MP and Agona West Municipal Director of Education that Master Michael Entsie, a candidate of Nsuansa ADA JHS, died a few weeks before the examination.

At Swedru Senior High School Examination Centre ‘One’ Mr Walter Glover disclosed that the examination delayed for 25 minutes due to late transportation of materials to the centres.

At Examination Center Two at Swedru Senior High School, the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) official prevented journalists from accompanying the MP and GES Director to the examination halls.

Ms Essel expressed confidence that candidates in the municipality would come out with good grades.
She said education is the bed rock of life and warned the candidates to avoid examination malpractices to avert cancellation of their papers.

Ms Essel expressed concern about 10 pregnant candidates who failed sit for the examination and urged parents to encourage their girls to take part in BECE even if they were pregnant.

She promised to rekindle the Guardian and Counselling Unit of the Directorate to reach out to more girls to educate them on premarital sex and other related issues that could truncate their education.

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