On Monday, 7 August 2023, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, the Northern Regional Minister, undertook a visit to various Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) Centers in the Northern Region to assess the ongoing examinations and extend words of encouragement to the candidates.
According to the Northern Regional Education Directorate, a total of 31,534 candidates are participating in this year’s BECE exams across 117 centers. The candidate distribution comprises 16,528 boys and 15,006 girls from a total of 698 registered schools, of which 573 are public schools and 125 are private schools.
During his visit, Hon. Shaibu addressed the candidates directly, advising them to adhere strictly to the rules and regulations governing the exams while avoiding any form of malpractice.
He emphasized the importance of self-confidence and encouraged them to approach the exams with the same composure as their end-of-term exams, ensuring they perform exceptionally well and secure their places in senior high schools.
The Northern Regional Minister expressed his belief in the potential of these candidates, highlighting that they are the future leaders of Ghana.
He painted a bright future for them, mentioning various professions they may aspire to, such as state ministers, bankers, economists, doctors, agriculturalists, directors, and more.
Hon. Shaibu also urged the invigilators overseeing the exams to carry out their duties diligently and to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the candidates.
He concluded his visit by extending his best wishes and good luck to all the candidates as they take a significant step towards their academic and professional futures.
As the BECE exams continue, the Northern Regional Minister’s visit serves as a reminder of the importance of education and the responsibility the candidates hold in shaping the development of the nation.