By: Kojo Ansah
THE BASIC Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the Asuogyaman constituency of the Eastern Region will be served one hot meal daily throughout the examination period.
A total of 1,765 candidates are expected to write this year.
It is reported that many candidates often write the examination on empty stomachs due to the inability of parents to provide money for food.
Performances of BECE candidates in the Asuogyaman District over the years have not been encouraging.
For instance, in the 2015/2016 academic year, out of the 1,583 candidates who sat for the examination, 863 passed mathematics while 123 passed English. Also, 994 out of the total candidates passed science.
The assist the candidates, the Member of Parliament for Asuogyaman, Mr Thomas Ampem Nyarko, as part of several initiatives to improve performance of BECE candidates in the District, announced that he would provide free lunch for all 1,765 BECE candidates this year during the exams aside the provision of supportive educational materials such as mathematical sets donated to the candidates annually.
“We want the BECE candidates to prepare very well so we are going to organise one mock exams dubbed ‘MP’s Mock Exams’ for all our BECE candidates, I want the BECE this year to have best record in Asuogyaman. Additionally, I have also committed that every BECE candidate be provided with one hot meal each of the five days that they would be writing their exams.”
The MP said this when he commissioned a four-unit kindergarten classroom block with office, storeroom and a toilet facility for the EP kindergarten school at South Senchi in the Asuogyaman District.
The project was jointly funded by the MP for Asuogyaman and Pencils of Promise, a Non- Governmental International Organisation. The project is expected to increase enrolment at the early childhood education.