Government is proposing reforms to existing modalities used in assessing final year Junior High School (JHS) students.
JHS students are presently placed in senior high schools after going through a Basic Education Certificate Examination organized by the West Africa Examination Council.
But addressing the media in Kumasi on the sidelines of a stakeholder forum, the education minister Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh stated that the system will serve a better purpose if students are assessed and posted based on their special abilities as pertained in the old common entrance system.
“If we bring technical and vocational education into the country, then we can change the BECE from an exit exam into a placement exam where you will be placed where your skill and talent sends you.”
“When we wrote common entrance examinations, we were ranked based upon what you know to get placement and that is what the BECE will eventually become once we create the opportunity and the places to absorb everybody in Junior High School to Senior High School,” he explained.
He also announced that a process had begun to retool technical universities and technical and vocational schools to reduce the overconcentration and preference of students for grammar schools.
Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh is in the Ashanti regional capital meeting Metropolitan, Municipal and District Education Directors to fashion out best ways to roll out government policies to improve the quality of education.
source:Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Ivan K. Heathcote – Fumador