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Ebonyi Education Commissioner Makes Clarification On Procedures For BEC Exams



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 The Ebonyi State Commissioner for Education,  Dr Onyebuchi Chima has assured students writing the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which commences on Monday 21st September 2020,  that no question would be written on the blackboards. 

The Commissioner made the assertion during his address to Principals of Junior Secondary Schools on Friday 18th September 2020  at SUBEB Headquarters Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

 Dr Chima vigorously debunked the online publications and rumours that  Ebonyi State Government  had directed that  BECE, popularly known as ‘Junior WAEC”  examination questions  are to be written on the  blackboard  with ‘chalks’ and ‘markers’ instead of standard  typed question papers. 

He also debunked the online assertion that Ministry of Education had collected  registration fees ranging between N30,000 – N500,000 from private schools to register thier students for 2020 BECE.  According to Dr Chima, the assertion is highly  capricious, a blatant and malicious attempt to  deface the good reputation of Ebonyi State Ministry of Education. 

Dr Onyebuchi Chima wondered why some journalists  he described as  ‘junkies’ decided to write and publish information about  Ebonyi State Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) that were false and baseless.

He maintained that Ebonyi State Ministry of Education is media friendly and  readily responds to journalists that  approaches it  to find out correct  information about the Ministry’s core activities such as  the BECE Exams. He then wondered why some individuals would disparage the noble journalism profession by  engaging in  what he described as “Gossip Journalism’. 

The Commissioner said that Basic Education Certificate Examination would have been written earlier in the year  but  was disrupted by the COVID-19  global pandemic stating that the BECE Exams is essential as it marks the end of the  nine years Universal Basic Education especially as it prepares/ enables JS3 students to graduate into  senior secondary education.

He appealed to students and parents to disregard negative publications about the  BECE Exams,  urging them to read hard to correctly answer their  questions,  assuring that students who perform well would  not just be issued with  their BECE Certificates  but would qualify to register for  senior secondary one (SS1). 

He further encourage journalists and their agents to be factual and to make efforts to be truthful by confirming thier  information before dissemination.

 According to him, journalists have  positive roles  to play in stregthening the quality of teaching, learning and the  evaluation mechanisms in Ebonyi State education system and Nigeria in general.

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