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Education Ministry in BECE result u-turn

By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba

Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Brima Turay, has disclosed that the ministry will now accept Basic Examination Certificate Exam (BECE) results from pupils who had taken the exam as far back as 2007.

He made this disclosure while responding to a question posed to him by this reporter as to whether his ministry was aware about concerns being raised by the general public regarding the ministry’s position on public examinations, especially BECE.

In January this year, the Director of Inspectorate in the Ministry of Education averred to Concord Times that only pupils who sat to the BECE after 2009 will be eligible to write the 2014 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), pointing out that his ministry would not allow ineligible candidates to sit the exam.

The position of the ministry had led to a barrage of criticisms from sections of the population with many saying the policy would cause many pupils to drop out of school.

Responding to the concerns, PRO Turay said the Education ministry has changed its earlier stance that only pupils who attempted the 2010 BECE would be qualified to sit the government WASSCE.

He said the ministry had resolved that pupils who took the 2007 BECE to present will be allowed to take the exam, but insisted that pupils must pass five subjects and must obtain an aggregate of 38 and below before entering for the exam.