Why Ghanaian Students Will No Longer Write BECE

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Speculation is rife that basic school final year exams, BECE may be eliminated from the Ghanaian school system anytime soon.

A certain ‘proposed Free SHS bill, which is yet to be laid before parliament, aims to eliminate the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) as a requirement for entering secondary school.

An article by Kabah Atawoge of CitiNewsroom and sighted by Kasatintin.com hinted that ‘The bill seeks to restructure the education system by separating junior high school (JHS) from basic school and integrating it into a six-year secondary education framework.

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According to the news article, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, Minister of Education ‘explained that upon passing the bill, SHS certification will become the first formal academic qualification in the country, replacing the current BECE certification.

The minister emphasised that the restructuring would ensure a continuous six-year secondary education, with new schools co-locating JHS and SHS students on the same campuses. Existing schools with both JHS and SHS students will continue this practice’. SOURCE: Kasatintin.com

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