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Mr Michael Ataogye, KMA Coordinating Director, (left) looking on as the supervisor at the Yaa Asantewaa Senior High school gives last minute instructions to BECE candidates at an assembly.

The Coordinating Director for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Mr Michael Ataogye has encouraged basic school candidates who are currently writing their Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE) to do well to get good grades so as to ensure they enter Senior High School with ease.

Addressing some of the candidates on behalf of the Metro Chief Executive, Mr Osei Assibey Antwi at separate functions in Kumasi ahead of the start of the exams, Mr Ataogye reminded the students that their future lied on how best they performed in the exams.

According to him, students stood the chance of becoming influential persons in the country if they studied and passed their exams to move on to the next step in life.

''You are the future of this country and your influence and success in life depended on how well you studied and passed your exams in school'', the Coordinator posited amidst thunderous applause from the BECE candidates.

STATISTICS:

In the Ashanti Region alone, 93,570 candidates are sitting for the BECE this year. The exams will catapult them to the next stage of Senior High School if the pupils pass with good grades.

A total of 22, 840 candidates out of the overall figure 93, 570 in the Ashanti Region are from schools within the Kumasi Metropolis.

The KMA schools are made up of public and private schools with the 339 private schools presenting a total of 8,526 candidates for the exams.

However, the public schools are presenting the largest chunk of the candidates as 14,314 candidates have been offered opportunity to sit for the ongoing final year exams. 186 public schools placed students for the exams.

EDUCATION DIRECTOR:

Speaking to newsmen, Mr Alex Atta-Asante, Metro Director of Education expressed satisfaction at the turn of events at the exams centers.

He was hopeful that with the arrival of exams materials on time coupled with the good preparation of the candidates for the exams this year's BECE would be smooth.

Touching on some agitations that had come up when the team visited Asanteman Senior High School and Angel Educational Complex Schools, the two schools being centers for the BECE exams, Mr Atta-Asante promised to ensure the grievances of the invigilators were attended to by the Ghana Education Service (GES).

According to him, it was not the best that invigilators were owed two years of allowances, adding it was something that needed to be dealt with immediately to restore calm within the tutors who were supervising this year's exams.

Story by Michael Ofosu-Afriyie, Kumasi

2017-06-07 @15:01:50

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