Basic schools in the Agona West Municipality recorded only four pregnancy cases during this year’s Basic Education Certificates Examinations (BECE) as against six in 2014.
This came to light when Mr Stephen Richard Amoah, Agona West Municipal Director of Education, and Mr Samuel Oppong, Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), toured some BECE centres within the Municipality.
Mr Amoah said the Education Directorate was happy with the situation, and hoped the situation where some school girls got pregnant would be completely eliminated in the area.
Centres visited were the Swedru School of Business (SWESBUS), Swedru Senior High School,(SWESCO ), Bobikuma, Abodom, Nyakrom, Senior High Technical School, and Nyakrom Siddiqq Senior High School.
According to Mr Amoah one unfortunate case was that a pregnant girl delivered one week to the examination, and failed to turn up.
He said a total of 2, 319 candidates made up of 1, 211 boys and 1, 008 were writing the examinations.
The Director said so far no examination malpractices had been reported at any of the nine centres in the Municipality.
He cautioned the candidates to desist from bringing foreign materials into the examination halls, since that was against the rules and regulations.
Mr Amoah urged the invigilators to abide by the laws governing the examinations.
Mr Oppong said the Agona West Municipal Assembly invested huge sums of money in the preparation of the children.
The MCE expressed worry about the public perception on the poor performance of public schools in the Municipality.
He urged publics schools to endeavour to clear that bad impression by parents and guardians that public school teachers did not live up to expectation.
Mr Oppong disclosed that the Assembly had procured over 70 boxes of assorted chalks for schools, adding that more than 20,000 mono desks had been distributed to both junior and high schools in the municipality.
The MCE assured the education directorate that the Assembly and the Central government were committed to ensure that Ghanaian children werre given quality education. GNA