Some English teachers in the Brong-Ahafo Region are up in arms against the Ghana Education Service, accusing it of dishonesty for including literature questions in the English Language Paper in the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E) which was written on Monday.
The angry teachers who spoke with banewsgh.com on condition of anonymity are calling for the immediate cancellation of the English Language Paper and also full scale investigation be launched by the Ministry of Education into the matter to unravel the circumstances which led to the gargantuan faux pas for actions to be taken against the Officials involved.
According to the concerned teachers, on 4th February this year, the Ghana education service issued a correspondence signed by the AG. Deputy Director-General, Mr Stephen Adu to all Regional Directors of Education notifying them of the postponement of the commencement of literature in English as part of the English Language Paper of the B.E.C.E.
The Circular reads ‘ This is to inform you that due to the delay in the supply of the Cockrow literature books to the schools and also the subsequent late training of the teachers of the books, the 2016 B.E.C.E Candidates will not to be examined in literature as part of the English Language Paper. The 2017 B.E.C.E Candidates will however be examined in Literature using the the Cockcrow’
The Regional Directors also copied the Municipal and District Directors of the Ghana Education who also made copies available to all Basic School Heads for them to take note of the development.
According to them, following the circular, they prepared their Candidates for the B.E.C.E knowing very well that literature questions would not be part of the English Paper, and so emphasis was not placed on English literature.
It therefore came as a shock to them and the Candidates as well when they discovered that, literature questions were set in part B of the English Paper One (Objectives questions) when they went to write the exams contrary to the Official Communication from the G.E.S early this year.
They described the action of the G.E.S as most unfortunate and a complete act of deceit which could have adverse effect on the performance of the Candidates.
They are therefore calling for the cancellation of the English Paper and also demanding an explanation from the Ghana Education for inclusion literature questions in the English Language Paper.
Attempts to get Authorities from the G.E.S to react to the allegation have not been Successful.