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The six students who made it to SHS. Standing from left are Dora Normanyo, Anthony Ziddah, Joyce Tomey and Richmond Dzorkpe. Those squatting are Richmond Sakpatey and Abigail Kaman. The one-week exposure given to final-year students of the Bebuso R/C Junior High School (JHS) at Donkorkrom in the Eastern Region at the Mary Mother of Good Counsel School in Accra made a positive impact on the performance of the students in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). The school, which recorded 100 per cent failures in the 2012 and 2013 BECE, recorded 50 per cent passes this year.

In 2012 and 2013, the best candidates had aggregates 37 and 38 respectively. This year, however, the best candidate had aggregate 24. “It is an improvement and it means we have moved forward,” the Local Manager of the Bebuso RC JHS, Rev Father Stephen Kofi Sakpaku, told the Junior Graphic. The school presented 12 candidates for this year’s BECE. Per an analysis of the performance, the first to ninth candidates had aggregates 24, 27, 29, 29, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 34, respectively, with the last three candidates obtaining aggregates 35, 38 and 40. Rev Fr Sakpaku said the candidates would have done even better if they had been regular in school.

The percentage passes in the various subjects are: English Language, 25 per cent; Social Studies, 83 per cent; Religious and Moral Education (RME), eight per cent; Mathematics, 67 per cent; Integrated Science, 100 per cent; Information and Communication Technology (ICT), 42; Ghanaian Language, 42 per cent and Basic Design and Technology, 42 per cent. Rev. Fr Sakpaku said the receipt of three computers from the Mary Mother of Good Counsel School at Airport in Accra helped in the practical Information and Communications Technology (ICT) studies. Regarding the poor performance in RME, he said a miscommunication of the date for writing the paper affected the performance of the candidates.

He said he believed the visit of the candidates to Accra encouraged them to devote themselves to serious studies and hoped that the school could make such visits an annual affair to ginger up each set of candidates, provided  sponsorship was secured. “The exposure in Accra has given them a different idea about life,” he said, adding that previously when they were asked what they wanted to become in life, they did not know what to say, but “after we returned from Accra, most of them now say I want to become a nurse, soldier and many more”. Ms Dora Normanyo, who was the best candidate with aggregate 24, told the Junior Graphic that although she had expected to do better, she was happy with her grades. In March this year, BECE candidates from the Bebuso Roman Catholic JHS joined their mates at the Mary Mother of Good Counsel School at Airport in Accra to study and acquaint themselves with teaching and learning in the city to help improve on their attitude to their studies and positively affect their performance.

The Bebuso R/C School is one of the deprived schools in the Eastern Region and that has led to the poor performance of candidates in the BECE over the years. The school lacks basic facilities such as a library, a science laboratory, pre-technical tools, computers, electricity, among others that could aid the students in their studies at school.

Source: Daily Graphic

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