BECE 2023: Headteacher spends registration money, students excluded from exam

A disturbing incident occurred during the BECE (Basic Education Certificate Examination) in the Gomoa East region when several final-year JHS students were left stranded due to an alleged misuse of registration funds by their head teacher.

The Gomoa Budu Atta DA Junior High School’s head teacher was conspicuously absent as the BECE got underway on August 7, 2023. Adom FM reported that some of the final-year students, who were unable to take the exam, were seen crying in heartbreaking circumstances.

On that day, 602,457 junior high school pupils in Ghana’s last year were scheduled to take the test. The head teacher allegedly took GH 400 from applicants to pay for BECE registration costs as well as other associated expenses.

Unfortunately, several students were unable to participate because they had problems at the exam center with their indices not reflecting in the system.

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Parents worried about the emotional toll this circumstance would have on the impacted kids as a result. After years of education, it came as a shocking shock to learn that their names were not listed for the exam. The government was urged to become involved in the situation.

Local residents attempted to get in touch with the headmaster to resolve the issue, but their efforts were unsuccessful. Some observers stated that this occurrence was not wholly unexpected, meaning that the head instructor has previously demonstrated similar behaviors.

A resident said that while they had no plans to use force against him, they would address him about what he had done and convey their disgust and displeasure.

The predicament of these students in the middle of the BECE upheaval highlights the significance of moral and ethical behavior in educational administration as well as the potential repercussions of misusing monies meant for educational purposes.

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