With just a day into the five-days of the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which commenced on Monday, June 4 to June 9, 2017, some female candidates turned up pregnant for the examination.
Prime News Ghana’s monitoring at some examination centres in parts of the country indicates that, some female candidates were heavily pregnant, but that did not deter them from writing the first paper.
In the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region, five girls were writing the examination with heavy pregnancies. They were pregnant between three and nine months.
According to a female invigilator at the center, one of the pregnant candidates was likely to deliver as they were writing the exams or would deliver latest after the examination on Monday.
In the Ahafo-Ano North Municipality of the Ashanti Region, three candidates were pregnant but were seen seriously writing the English Language Paper I.
Some of the candidates who spoke to Prime News Ghana during a visit alleged that they paid money to some of their teachers to link them to the invigilator for assistance because of their current conditions.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Education, Cassandra Twum Ampofo, has warned teachers and invigilators to desist from banning pregnant candidates from writing examination.
“We don’t sack pregnant ladies from writing the BECE. Don’t sack them. Let them write”, Ms. Twum Ampofo told Prime News Ghana in an interview on Monday June 4, 2018.
A total of 468,053 candidates are writing this year’s BECE which commenced on Monday, June 4 to June 9, 2017.
241,148 out of the total number of candidates are male while 226,905 are female.