BECE: ICT Challenges for Deaf Candidates

By Stepheson Aggrey.

Final year students of Sekondi School for the Deaf, in the Western Region, who are sitting for the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination, BECE, say the only subject they may find difficult, to score higher marks in, is Information Communication Technology. This is because the School’s ICT Center has only 1 Computer which is woefully inadequate to prepare them for the ICT Paper.

The Students have therefore called for equal opportunity to enable them to pass their Examination Our Western Regional Correspondent, Stephenson Aggrey, visited the school and reports that, the Sekondi School for the Deaf was established on 4th October, 1971, as a day school, in the Catholic Convent at Essikado, by Madam Theresa Bentuma Rhule, a Native of Elmina.

With 11 boys and 6 girls from Ketan, Kojokrom and Sekondi. The school now has a student population of 344, of which 158 are girls and 186 boys, with 29 teaching staff and 35 non-teaching staff.

In 1995, the school was adjudged the Best J.S.S in Agriculture, in the Shama- Ahanta East Metropolis, after having invested in a pedigree and a vegetable farm. Though the school is well structured, it lacks a modern Computer Laboratory, which the final year students, preparing for the Basic Education Certificate Examination, B.E.C.E, say will affect the outcome of their results in the Information Communication Technology examination.

At the time GBCNews visited the school, teachers were taking the Candidates through past questions. However, Mr. Bazie Ackah, the ICT teacher was handicapped as to how to help prepare his students for the ICT Paper, since the ICT Lab had only 1 Computer.

The Headmistress, Madam Favou Aflakpui told GBC News that, despite the challenges, the school has adopted strategies to help the students to pass the Examinations.

She appealed to the government to establish a Senior High Vocational and Technical School for the hearing impaired in the region.

The Shama District Chief Executive, Ebenezer Dadzie, announced a Scholarship Package for the students and also promised to help the school to acquire a modern Computer Laboratory.

The students appealed to well meaning Ghanaians, to pay a visit to the School to acquaint themselves with their plight.

BECE Central Region.

In the Central Region, about 62,621 Candidates are writing this year’s BECE. Our Regional Correspondent Kofi Sakyiamah Pobi who visited some of the Centres, including the St. Augustine’s College, Mfantsipim School, Wesley Girls High School and Elmina Methodist JHS, reports that the Examination began on schedule with officials from GES on routine monitoring.

BECE Eastern Region.

The Eastern Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service, Emmanuel Acheampong says about 55, 884 Pupils are expected to take part in the Basic Education Certificate Examination BECE in the Region. Out of the figure, 27, 393 are females while 28, 491 are males across the 216 Centers in the Region.

Mr. Acheampong in an interview with GBC News said all logistics are in place for a smooth process.

”The Education Directorate has done all it can to produce Candidates who are capable of delivering results and the current Candidates will perform better than last year’s Candidates”, he posited.

BECE Upper East Region

The Upper East Regional Coordinating Director of Education, Alhaji said Certificate Examinations over the years have not been encouraging. He expressed worry over the trend and called on students sitting for this year’s Examination to work hard and make the Region proud. This is according to GBC News Correspondent Peter Agengre.

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