The normal routine of the educational calendar in Sierra Leone was halted due to the interruption of the Corona Virus pandemic which forced a government decision for the closure of all education institutions in the country on the 31st March 2020, and subsequently the postponements of external examinations not only in Sierra Leone but in the West Africa subregion.
The incumbent New Direction government’s flagship programme is education and as part of it commitments to improving the quality aspect of the education system in the country later decided to reopened schools for pupils writing external the examinations to prepare adequately ahead of the various examinations, and the country has observed a successful National Primary School Examination, the (NPSE) which was recently conducted, then the West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examination(WASSCE) for government candidates, and yesterday marked the official commencement of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
In an earlier interview with Voice of Wusum Radio during the official commencement of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) the last phase of the external examinations in the 2019/20 academic year the regional coordinator for the Free Quality Education in the northern region Abu Bakarr Jalloh described the atmospheric condition of the various examinations centres in Makeni as enticing and that security measures on examinations malpractice is highly in placed.
He further commended the Anti-Corruption Commission in Sierra Leone towards their strides in helping the government to eradicating examination malpractices as a major step for Sierra Leone to regain its lost glory as the Athens of West Africa and call on every Sierra Leonean to support this genuine call of the government.
However, residents in Makeni were stunned when some of the candidates writing the ongoing BECE returned to their homes around the evening hours of 7:00pm that is beyond the stipulated time in the examinations time.
According to some candidates writing the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination at the St. Francis Senior Secondary School in Makeni expressed their dismay for such occurrence, as they waited for some hours for the arrival of Agricultural Science question papers and that they failed to arrive in the scheduled time, and resulted to a situation of returning late to their homes from the examination centre.
They therefore call on the Government of Sierra Leone, most especially the Ministry of Basic and Secondary School Education and the West Africa Examinations Council to prevent further occurrence of this nature as such situation will not provide them ample time to prepare for the remaining subjects and have flying colors.