The Education Ministry has served notice it will sanction
supervisors who prevent pregnant girls from writing the Basic
Education Certificate Examination (BECE) which
begins on Monday.
A Deputy Education Minister, Alex Kyeremeh pleaded with the
supervisors to “see these children as their own children and
they should not harass them.”
Most often, pregnant students are prevented from writing their
examinations due to their condition.
Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the Education Ministry
has on several occasions warned teachers and supervisors to
allow such students to sit for the examinations.
In an interview with Citi News, Mr. Kyeremeh called for the
encouragement of affected students to enable them give off
their best and, nor feel victimized because it is against our
“There is no law that bars them from writing the examination.
They are entitled to the examination.”
He further urged the students to desist from any examination
malpractices but adhere to the laid down rules.
A total of 422,946 candidates from 12, 562 public and private
Junior High Schools (SHS) across the country are expected to
sit for the BECE.
The Principal Public Relations Officer (PRO) of West Africa
Examinations Council (WAEC), Agnes Teye Cudjoe has
indicated the exams will be written within five days and not
six days as was done last year.