- BECE 2022 kicked off in earnest on Monday, October 17, across the country
- Among the candidates who ran were six pregnant girls and five nursing mothers
- The girls showed up boldly at Kanton Senior High School Center ‘A’ in Tumu in Sissala East Municipality
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Eleven girls shrugged off the common stigma of becoming pregnant as a teenager or being a young breastfeeding mother and sat for their Basic Education Certificate (BECE) exams on Monday, October 17, 2022.
The girls, six pregnant and five nursing, boldly showed up at Kanton Senior High School Center ‘A’ in Tumu in the Upper West Region’s Sissala East Municipality on Monday to take the first two of 10 exams.
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Cornelius Langyintuo, an examinations officer, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that the nursing students came from Bugubelle Basic School, Bandei Basic School and Kong Basic School, while the six pregnant girls came from the basic schools of Lilixia, Nabugubelle and Dimajang, Yigantu and Falahia. .
A two-month-old baby was among the babies the breastfeeding girls brought to the testing center.
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However, some five female students who also became pregnant during their Junior High School (JHS) did not show up for their BECE.
The exams officer explained that the girls had moved to live with the men who impregnated them and therefore did not show up for their exams.
BECE 2022 applicants reach 552,276
The West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) administered the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for school and private candidates 2022 starting on 17th October 2022 and scheduled to end on 21st October 2022.
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For the BECE 2022, two groups of candidates – namely School and Private candidates – took the exam for the first time during the same period.
According to WAEC, this was due to the consistently low number of entries for the BECE for private candidates over the years.
A total of 552,276 candidates from 18,501 schools registered to take the BECE for school candidates at 2,023 centers across the country.
The entry figure is made up of 276,988 men and 275,288 women.
The number of school applicants who registered for this year’s BECE is 3.48% lower than the 2021 entry figure of 572,167.
For private candidates, 1,132 students including 634 boys and 498 girls registered for the exam.
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YEN.com.gh reported in a previous article that former Minister of Gender Sarah Adwoa Safo sent her best wishes to the students writing the BECE.
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The MP for Dome-Kwabenya constituency sent a video to wish good luck to her constituents.
Her video drew reactions from social media users who said her American accent was funny.
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