The Ghana Education Service (GES) has taken a proactive step to root out unqualified Junior High School (JHS) students who may have prematurely advanced to write the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
GES to fish out JHS 1 and 2 students who ‘jumped’ class to write.
In an effort to ensure the integrity and fairness of the examination process, GES has issued directives to all regional and district directors of education to supply information regarding the attendance and absenteeism of JHS 1 and JHS 2 students during the 2023 BECE week, which spans from Monday, August 7th to Friday, August 11th, 2023.
Furthermore, the GES has mandated that both public and private schools provide a comprehensive list of JHS one and two students who participated in the examination. To maintain transparency, the GES is also seeking attendance records for JHS 2 students during the 2021/2022 academic year, particularly those who sat for the 2023 BECE in August.
The motivation behind this initiative, as suggested by education experts, is to identify and disqualify unqualified JHS students who may have “jumped” ahead academically to take the 2023 BECE, preventing them from entering Senior High School Form One.
As we await the release of the 2023 BECE results, anticipated for the last week of October and the first week of November 2023, it is expected that Senior High School (SHS) Form One students will be enrolling in school during the first week of December 2023.
The GES has already communicated with all regional directors of education on this matter, urging them to compile and submit the necessary information by Wednesday, October 18, 2023.