Mr. Abdul Razak Korah, Upper West Regional Director of Education

Mr Razak Z. Abdul-Korah, the Acting Upper West Regional Director of Education, has observed that the gap between boys and girls graduating from Junior High School (JHS) in the region was gradually bridging as girls’ quota keep appreciating year after year.

A total of 13,321 candidates are sitting for the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Upper West Region.

Out of that number, 6,729 were girls, representing about 50.51 per cent while the boys were 6,592 representing about 49.49 per cent.

This, Mr Abdul-Korah, said was an indication of a gradual bridging of the gap between the girls and boys graduating from Junior High Schools in the Upper West Region.

In all, 5,057 schools were participating in this year’s BECE out of which 32 were private schools and two were special schools-the Wa Methodist School for the Blind and School for the Death with 557 centres.

The Acting Upper West Regional Director of Education revealed this to Info Radio in an interview yesterday, Monday, October 17, 2022, as the BECE kick-started.

He said a visit to four centres in the Wa Municipality revealed that five male candidates were absent.

He indicated that the region recorded a reduction in absenteeism in the BECE from 393 in 2020 to 269 and 2021.

He also wished the candidates the best of luck in the examination but advised them to do independent work in order not to get involved in any examination malpractice.

Mr Abdul-Korah also appealed to all stakeholders involved in the ongoing BECE including parents to play their respective roles appropriately to ensure the success of the exercise.

In the Wa Municipality, 3,616 candidates were expected to sit for the exams; Jirapa Municipality, 1282; Nandom Municipality 815 candidates; Lwara Municipality 867 and Sissala East Municipality, 1,079 candidates, 551 girls and 528 boys. The rest were; Nadowli-Kaleo District, 999 candidates; Lambussie, 772; Wa East 1022 candidates; Wa West 1,391 candidates; Sissala West 1,040 candidates; and Daffiama-Bussie-Issa District 437 candidates.

Source: Info Radio

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