Some parents of candidates registered for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) in the Pusiga District of the Upper East Region, are expressing worry over questions in a mock examination they say is politically tainted.
As part of preparations for the examination, the Pusiga District office of the Ghana Education Service (GES) organised the rehearsal examination for candidates in the district, which started on Wednesday 23 March 2016. But the nature of question 18 of the English paper has sparked worry among parents, who fear it could spark tribal and political hatred among the pupils.
Question 18 of the English paper asked the candidates to choose from a set of possible answers, the one which is nearest in meaning to the word CANVASS as captured in the following sentence: “Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, popularly known as ‘all-die-be-die’ canvassed for votes.”http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
The GES Regional Director for Upper East, Janet Kawia, has condemned the act and indicated that an investigation will be launched into the matter and appropriate steps will be taken to resolve the issue.
“I find a big problem with this. Unfortunately, I am not even in the region but in Kumasi at the moment for a workshop. In fact, it is no question for a student to answer, so, I will find out, and if it is true, we will have to sanction the group of teachers or the teacher [who set the question],” she told Class FM’s Ridwan Karim Dini Osman in an interview on Thursday 24 March 2016.