Education authorities in the Yendi Municipality of the Northern Region have banned 12 candidates from participating in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The Yendi Municipal Chief Executive, Alhaji Issah Zakariah classified the affected candidates as 11 boys and one girl.
He divulged this to Citi News on the sidelines of the Yendi Municipal Assembly’s Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday.
According to him, they were smoked out by the Yendi Municipal Education Oversight Committee for truancy and absenteeism in school.
“We realized that truancy is high in our schools and we decided that pragmatic measures have to be put in place to ensure that teachers and students are kept on their toes to see to it that the performance is improved,” he remarked.
The Committee discovered that some of the affected students attended school for 10 or 20 days in a term. This, the Yendi MCE explained meant they were unprepared for the BECE, hence their ban. Alhaji Issah Zakariah described the measure as a game changer meant to overturn the mass failure of students who write the BECE in the Yendi Municipality.
“For some years now the Municipal Assembly for that matter the Municipal Education Oversight Committee has been putting measures in place to get quality education for our people and with regards to the mass failure of students in our schools.”
He charged circuit supervisors in the Yendi Municipality to intensify their supervisory roles to curb the situation.
He warned that the exercise will continue unabated to weed out and prevent recalcitrant students from participating in future BECE.