The 2020 presidential candidate of the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP), Brigitte Dzogbenuku, has promised to abolish the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) when voted to power.
According to her, the PPP government will ensure that students are educated from Creche to Senior High School(SHS) without a break for exams.
In an exclusive interview with Citi News, Madam Dzogbenuku said examination should not be the determining factor for the academic success of a student in Ghana.
“We will abolish BECE because every child must be educated at least to the SHS level…If everybody is educated to the SHS level and at least can read and write, Ghana will have a different kind of society where people are more informed and are more empowered. Examinations are not the only way to check people.”
“There can be regular assessment of the school and of the systems of how the teachers are performing and then the exam becomes the ultimate. We can’t use only exams to test kids because that is not the best test of a school or an education system.”
She stressed o the fact that her government would ensure that the Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education (FCUBE) is implemented to increase access.
“We will implement Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education to its fullest because the enforcers of that policy haven’t done their work well and that is why we see students loitering around without doing anything. We must also hold parents accountable so we can have the proper checks and balances in the schools to know which student is absent and why such a student is not in school.”
“First of all the government sectors must work. The education sector must also work and work efficiently to have an inspectorate board to make sure students who ought to be in school are in school and at the right time.”
Madama Brigitte Dzogbenuku was chosen as the flagbearer of the PP after their founder Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum declined to lead the party into this year’s election.