Basic Schools in the Tano South District of the Brong Ahafo Region like any other District in the country have started writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination. Forty-seven (47) Schools out of which thirty- three (33) are public Schools and the rest Private Schools with a total population of One thousand, four hundred and forty- nine (1449) registered Candidates of which seven hundred and eighty- five (785) are boys and the rest females. Seventeen (17) candidates did not turn up to write the examination.
The candidates getting ready for the examination and the DCE in one of the examination halls
The Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon. Collins Offinam Takyi and the Member of Parliament for the Tano South Constituency, Hon. Benjamin Yeboah Sekyere accompanied by the District Director of Education, Rev. Robert Opoku with officials of the Assembly and the Education Directorate visited the four examination centres in the District namely,Bechem Centre A and B, Techimantia and Derma.
Speaking at all the examination centres, the MP advised the candidates to be time conscious and obey the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the examination. He said the government is putting in measures to ensure the implementation of the Free Senior High School Programme which takes off in September, 2017 and emphasized that the programme when implemented would go a long way to relief parents of their financial burden. Hon. Sekyere said he would use part of his common fund to support education in the District and promised that he would give an amount five thousand Ghana Cedis GH¢ 5,000 to the school which would perform well in the examination.
The MP speaking to the candidates
The Tano South District Chief Executive, Hon Collins Takyi Offinam in all the centres, extended the felicities of the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo to the candidates and encouraged them to write the examination without any form of fear and panic.
The DCE talking to the candidates
He urged the candidate to eschew from any form of examination malpractices since it is such practices that leads to the cancellation of examination results and promised the Assembly will do all it takes to raise the standard of education in the District.
Advising the candidate, the Tano South District Director of Education, Rev. Robert Opoku urged the candidates to focus on what they have been taught by their teachers and do the right thing in the examination hall. Rev. Opoku told the teachers not to send any foreign materials to the candidates in the examination hall and warned that any teacher caught in that act would not be spared.
The District Director of Education advising the candidates and teachers
Rev. Opoku used the occasion to appeal to the MP to institute a best teacher award scheme so that it would motivate the teacher to work extra hard to raise the standard of education in the District.