Minister of Education Mathew Opoku Prempeh has revealed government’s intent to convert the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) into a placement exam for Senior High Schools.
The BECE is a requirement for entry into the secondary educational level but the Minister said this left over 120,000 students failing to progress because of the limited accommodation.
The vision converting the BECE to a placement exam will be realised with the expansion of the capacity of technical and vocational education, Dr. Opoku Prempeh explained.He was addressing a press soiree on Tuesday evening, he said “that is why the President talks about expanding the technical and vocational area so we can accommodate everybody. When we finish and we are able to accommodate everybody we will change the BECE from an exit exam to a placement exam.”
Mr Prempeh said Government has also secured funds to pay for the two-year outstanding allowances of teachers.
He said about 74,000 teachers were awaiting validation from the Controller and Accountant General’s department and urged them to cooperate with government as it endeavoured to fulfil its promise.
He noted that government had made plans and secured money to pay the allowances that have been outstanding for teachers over the past two years.