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GES to cancel BECE exams

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) says government is considering plans to scrap the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) that enable pupils in the basic schools gain admission into Senior High Schools (SHS).

The executive secretary of NaCCA, Dr Prince Hamid Armah, indicated that the BECE has outlived its relevance.

He said there is enough evidence to support the need to introduce a new approach in testing the quality of teaching that pupils receive in Ghanaian schools.

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“The nomenclature called BECE will be scrapped totally. An exams will be used to do placements going forward. A criterion reference system will be used, BECE has outlived its usefulness in this country. The reports are there to prove this. The current examination known as the BECE is not Standard,” he told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Thursday

Dr. Armah added the popular examination will be replaced with The National Assessment Test.

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Explaining how the system would work, Dr. Armah disclosed, “The National Assessment Test will be done at Primary 2, 4 ,6 & JHS 2. The end of term exams will not be replaced by the Assessment Test..

The decision when implemented will see no Ghanaian child denied access to the free SHS education promised by the NPP government.

“At primary 2 the children will write the National Assessment Test so we can tell their strengths and weaknesses. When we identify the learning gaps the teachers will have to give such children special attention. Every Ghanaian child would write end of term exams. The precious curriculum is what we describe as the objectivism curriculum. It focused more on what the teacher must achieve. This one focuses on what the children should know”.

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