NR: 75 disgruntled BECE candidates being counseled - MoE

By Kweku Antwi Jnr
Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of Education
Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of Education

Seventy-five candidates for the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) who could not take part in the examination because the Proprietor of the Tamale based Prince of Peace International School, Sulemana Saeed, failed to register them are being taken through counseling.

The Northern Regional Education Directorate which is counseling the candidates explained that, the children are ‘traumatized’ so they need to be taken through counseling to bring them back to their senses.

The seventy-five candidates of the Prince of Peace International School were turned away on Monday, June 4, 2018, at Northern School of Business Examination Center after they reported to participate in the ongoing countrywide examination.

The candidates, some of whom expressed shock at the turn of events, alleged that the Proprietor of the school, Sulemana Saeed, 28, took GHS 500.00 from each of the candidates as registration fee only for them to be turned away.

They told Prime News Ghana that "we arrived here at 5am to check our index numbers but we were told they aren't available, now we don't know what to tell our parents because we each paid GHS 500.00 for this examination".

Checks by Prime News Ghana revealed that, a total of 151 candidates were supposedly registered by Sulemana Saeed in his private Junior High School to undertake the examination but only seventy six could find their index numbers.

The Northern Regional Public Relations Officer for the Education Directorate, Donald Kanzoni, in an interview with Prime News Ghana said “the pupils are being taken through counseling”.

“It is a traumatized situation because they prepared for the examination and so if it happens this way, they need to be counseled”, he added.

Mr. Kanzoni revealed that “our initial investigations has shown that, he [Sulemana Saeed] brought 75 and those students were registered, but a teacher bought a school called Vineyard Academy who wanted him [Sulemana Saeed] to register his candidates, so the candidates that he failed to register are not from his school”.

Meanwhile, the proprietor was put before court on Wednesday June 6, 2018, charged with defrauding by false pretence.

Sulemana Saeed was charged with the offence for allegedly failing to register 75 students of the school for this year's BECE after collecting   monies from them for that purpose.

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