Eight female candidates writing the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), at Yefri Junior High School centre in Nkoranza District in the Brong Ahafo are pregnant.

This came to light when the Nkoranza District Director of Education and the Public Relations Officer of the Directorate, Nana Adu Baffoe Adade, visited the five centers in the district to monitor the examination.

A total number of 1,850 candidates comprising 1,061 males and 789 females registered for the examinations and 26 candidates were absent at five centres in the district.

The absentees were made up of 11 males and 15 females and no reasons were given for their absence.

Other absentees were recorded at the Yefri centre where two candidates did not report whilst at Busunya Senior High School centre, seven candidates failed to report.

At Nkoranza district ‘A’ Junior High School center, six candidates were absent.

At Nkoranza Secondary Technical School centre, seven candidates were absent whilst five candidates were recorded at the Akuma district assembly Junior High School center, where it was reported that a female candidate, Rebecca Kyeremaa, died on February 27 this year during the school’s mock examinations.

The Nkoranza district police commander, Superintendent D.O. Lomotey, has visited the centres to ensure adequate and effective security.

Mr. John Kofi Amoah, Nkoranza District Examination Officer, told GNA that the candidates in the district were from 46 public and five private schools.

He said that 76 examination officials made up of 64 invigilators and 12 supervisors were on duty to ensure the success of the examinations.

Mr. Amoah called on heads of schools to ensure that candidates adhered strictly to rules and regulations governing the examination.

Source: GNA