The flagbearer of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Brigitte Dzogbenuku, has said that she will abolish the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) when she comes to power.
According to her, every child must be educated at least to the Senior High School(SHS) level without a break for exams.
Speaking in an interview with Citi News, Madam Dzogbenuku said examination should not be the determining factor for the academic success of a student in Ghana.
“We will abolish BECE because every child must be educated at least to the SHS level…If everybody is educated to the SHS level and at least can read and write, Ghana will have a different kind of society where people are more informed and are more empowered. Examinations are not the only way to check people.”
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“There can be regular assessment of the school and of the systems of how the teachers are performing and then the exam becomes the ultimate. We can’t use only exams to test kids because that is not the best test of a school or an education system.”
She noted that her government would ensure that the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) is implemented to increase access.
“We will implement Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education to its fullest because the enforcers of that policy haven’t done their work well and that is why we see students loitering around without doing anything. We must also hold parents accountable so we can have the proper checks and balances in the schools to know which student is absent and why such a student is not in school.”
“First of all the government sectors must work. The education sector must also work and work efficiently to have an inspectorate board to make sure students who ought to be in school are in school and at the right time.”
Madama Brigitte Dzogbenuku was chosen as the flagbearer of the PPP after their founder Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum declined to lead the party into this year’s election.