Thirty deaf final year pupils of the Cape Coast School for the Deaf (Cape Deaf) are among candidates writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) in the Cape Coast Metropolis.
The pupils, made up of 15 males and 15 females, are among a total of 442 candidates from 15 schools writing the week-long examinations at the Holy Child College Centre in the metropolis.
The Headmaster of Cape Deaf, Mr. Nickson Okyere, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the examination centre on Monday, expressed optimism that the candidates would excel in the examinations since they had been adequately prepared.
He stated that last year 19 candidates made up 12 males and seven females presented for the examinations were successful.
In all, 3,211 candidates, comprising 1,603 males and 1608 females from 94 Junior High schools are writing at seven examination centers in the metropolis.
The centres are St. Augustine’s College, Adisadel College, Mfantsipim School, Holy Child College and University Practice Senior High School, Efutu Senior High School, Wesley Girls High School, with a total of 110 invigilators and seven supervisors.
The GNA visited the first four afore-mentioned centres where two candidates from Mfantsipim School and eight from Holy Child College centres were absent.
One of the female absentees was said to be pregnant, while the other nine stopped schooling few weeks before the BECE.
The paper was delayed for about 40 minutes at the centres the GNA visited, as a result of the late arrival of examination materials.
According to sources, the Metropolitan Directorate of Education lacked vehicles to circulate the materials.
In the Central Region, a total of 45,587 candidates, made up 23,911 males and 21,676 females from 1,622 schools in 20 districts are writing the paper at 134 examination centres.
The Awutu Senya district has the largest number of candidates in the region, with 5,338 candidates made up 2,606 males and 2,732 females, while Ekumfi has the lowest number of candidates with 983 comprising 531 males and 452 females. GNA