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At the end of the Junior Secondary School, students do their BECE exams (Basic Education Certificate Examination, which are administered by the WAEC West African Examination Commission). The scores of these BECE tests determine not only if they pass or fail, but also if they will be placed on the Senior High School of their first or second choice. The students take 10 subjects and the exams are early around April. The results are supposed to come around June. Students who score 9 to 6 points are sure of their placement in the school of their choice. Score of 12 to 10 usually also manage to get in their first choice school. With lower scores one can get lucky if the school has few applications or will need to take their second or third choise, or the less popular schools.

BECE exam scores are also used to rate schools. The school which has the highest percentage of students pass their BECE exams are considered to be the best schools. There are however plenty schools, especially in the rural areas, that have a 0 score: that means that all their students failed the exam that year. Usually private schools score better than public schools, although in a district there are often some Public schools that score better then some private schoos.

As there is little monitoring of the quality of private schools, some schools are real money machines for their owners. Some private schools will improve their BECE rating by dumping the weaker students in the year before the final year. Or they will have students repeat form 2 as many times as they deem necessary to maximize the students chance to pass. This practice is not always the best strategy for the less gifted students. It is therefor not always good to value a school on its BECE rating only.

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BECE - Schools in Ghana
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TOPP JHS score 100 percent in 2008 BECE
The Twifo Oil Palm Plantation (TOPP) Junior High School scored 100 percent in the 2008 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

Managing Director of TOPP, Mr Neneyo Mate-Kole, who made this known to the GNA in an interview at Twifo-Ntafrewaso on Thursday, said out of 40 students presented, 18 students had between aggregate 6 and 9.

Mr Mate-Kole congratulated the teachers for the good job done and urged them not to be complacent but work harder.

He called on the students to take their studies seriously and urged parents to provide their children with their needs to enable them to stay in school.

Mr Charles Arthur, Local Union Chairman of the company also congratulated the teachers but pleaded with management of TOPP not to shirk its social obligation towards the school even though it has now been officially handed over to Ghana Education Service.

He commended the management for the assistance it has given to the school and pleaded with it to continue with the support and monitoring of the school to maintain the standards.

[2009-01-03 06:55:05]

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