Abolish Writing Of BECE; It Produces Street Children - Nana Ofori Owusu

Director of Elections of the Progressive People's Party (PPP), Nana Ofori Owusu says the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) should be abolished.

According to him, writing BECE is senseless because it only helps in producing a society that's challenged instead of enhancing the progress of the nation.

Nana Ofori Owusu explained that every child has his/her own developmental stage where the student is able to develop his/her intellect and so writing BECE puts the school child under compulsion.

Using his educational background as example, the PPP stalwart narrated that he was privileged to have schooled in the United States and further cited that with the US education system, the school child is disallowed from writing exams till he advances from the basic level.

To him, every Ghanaian school child shouldn't write BECE but should be given equal opportunity to enter Senior High School (SHS).

“How come a 13/14-year-old child’s whole life is being decided on this exam? It’s a sick educational system . . . The BECE exam should be abolished. Every child should have a right to go to Senior High School. By law, you’re to be 18 years before you can vote. So, if the law recognizes that you’re an adult at 18; anybody below the age must mandatory be in school,” he said.

Speaking on Peace FM's 'Kokrokoo', Nana Ofori Owusu stated emphatically that the BECE is the reason for the high rate of “streetism” in the country.

He stressed that the BECE is "responsible for producing street children in Ghana. We should abolish BECE in Ghana. It does not make sense . . . There’s something fundamentally wrong with our educational system.”