The Ghana Education Service (GES) has asked all schools to desist from the registration of unqualified candidates for the 2022 BECE scheduled to be administered in October by WAEC.
The GES has revealed that an audit of the BECE registration will be carried out, and any head found culpable will be severely sanctioned.
Reacting to the registration of unqualified 2022 BECE candidates, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa said “It has come to the attention of the management of the GES that some public basic school heads are registering unqualified students for the 2022 BECE for School Candidates, which is illegal,” in a statement signed by him.
The Director-General of the GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa used the statement to caution head teachers of all public schools to act within the ambit of the 2022 BECE registration guidelines.
The management of GES further added that public schools should not be tempted to register students from private schools for the BECE and that, the registration of candidates for the BECE for School Candidates was strictly for students in junior high school (JHS) Three.
Candidates deemed to be ineligible include the following
Private school JHS two candidates being registered in public or private schools.
Private School JHS three students being registered in public schools for the same examination they should register for in their respective schools.
“Students in JHS One and Two are ineligible to register and write the BECE. Admission to JHS Three is not allowed,” it said.
The illegality has been the order of the day given the challenges that confronted some private school candidates in the 2021 BECE, pronouncements by the Leadership of JHS about the placement of private school candidates in category A schools among others. Parents and other stakeholders seem to be finding ways to avoid all the bottlenecks that characterized the school placement after the 2021 BECE for private school candidates.
The statement said regional directors of education were to communicate the information to metropolitan, municipal and district directors of education to ensure that heads of basic schools strictly complied with the directives.