Over the years, many brilliant students have literally struggled to gain admission into the Senior High School or even the University because of ‘failure’ in either one or two subjects after their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) or West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
But, in a new development, the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Anthony Boateng has indicated that failing either Mathematics or English language at the BECE level is no more a barrier to placements in second cycle institutions.
Most Ghanaians have complained about such a system which cuts short the dreams of intelligent students as they cannot further their education because of one or two subjects (while passing impressively in six or more other subjects).
In a recent interview, the Deputy Director-General responding to claims that the service neglects JHS students who fail in either Math or English access to secondary education clarified, “We should all be patient in this issue because English has become our national language and therefore we must have a means of communication since we speak different languages in Ghana.”
“In recent times if you have monitored our placement process, we have stopped denying students who don’t do well in English or Math getting placed into secondary school. The only bad situation is to fail both papers but if you fail in only one, you will be given a school”.
“The reason why this was being done was to limit the number of pupils who enrol into our secondary schools due to infrastructural constraints”, he added.