The Member of Parliament for Tamale Central, Ibrahim Mohammed Murtala has supported Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the Tamale Metropolis with mathematical sets and a cash amount for transportation during the examination.
The students, numbering over 1,200 were made up of students who were given five months free extra tuition at four separate centers, which was also sponsored by the MP.
The mathematical sets are expected to aid the students during the examination while an amount of Gh¢20 was given to each of the 1,200 students as transportation fare for the five day examination which is scheduled to begin on Monday, November 15.
Over the past few years, the Tamale Metropolis has been ranked 205th out of 230 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the country in the BECE performance league table.
The Tamale Central MP told Justicefmonline on Sunday at a short ceremony at the Sakasaka center of the extra classes to hand over the items to the students that the situation is worrying, hence the intervention.
“It is our hope that with this classes, there’ll be some tremendous improvement in the pass rate of the students” he said.
He said the extra classes was organized to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the students.
“Because of Covid, the second year JHS students were home for almost a year, when Covid eased and then they went to school, they moved to form three and they never covered their form two syllabus, so we felt that for them to continue with form three and they’ll be writing the same exams as their colleagues, we organized the free extra classes for them at four different centers” Mr Murtala stated.
The Tamale Metropolitan Director of Education, Alhassan Alidu Junior commended the MP for his intervention, saying that it will go a long way to improve the performance of the students in the BECE.
He however appealed to the MP to support the Directorate with furniture to cut the deficit in the metropolis.
Mr Alidu said most schools in the metropolis had furniture deficit, hence the need for a quick intervention.
Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus