By Muniratu Adams Zanzeh, GNA
Accra, May 25, GNA – The Zongo Girls’ Rise
Project, aimed at sensitizing female students to perform better during the
Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), on Saturday educated 200 girls
from four communities in Accra on how to excel in the upcoming examination.
The final year students were drawn from
Mamobi, Nima, Kotobabi, and Kanda in Accra to participate in the project
dubbed: the “Zongo Girls’ Exams Clinic.”
The project, which took the form of an
examination workshop, brought resource persons to interact with the girls to
empower them to sit for the examination without fear and intimidation.
Experienced tutors and resource persons from
the West African Examination Council (WAEC) were brought on board to handle
finale year students in the core subjects namely: Mathematics, English, Science
and Social Studies.
Mrs Agnes Teye Kudjoe, the Head of Public
Affairs, WAEC, stated that students should, at all cost, avoid examination
malpractices so as to pass their exams with dignity.
“We have made provisions to propel the Do’s
and Don’ts to aid students during examination and we believe this would help
them to a smooth finish,” She said.
Mrs Kudjoe encouraged students to get to the
examination hall early, obey all the instructions, make sure they answered
questions with good expression and confidence, and ensure they wrote legibly
enough for their examiners to read.
She cautioned them to avoid taking
calculators, mobile phones and other foreign materials to the examination halls.
“Avoid watching telenovelas and other
television programmes and learn very hard in order to pass this exam,’’ she
Madam Freda Prempeh, the Minister of Gender,
Children and Social Protection, said girls constituted more than 51 per cent of
the population but they were limited in accessing education due to cultural
practices, which had always been a barrier.
She commended the Project organisers for the
initiative as it would broaden the knowledge of the girls and empower them to take
critical steps to change the wrongs around them.
“Education is a prerequisite for accelerated
development and, therefore, an empowered girl will make immense contribution in
the areas of social and economic development.”
She quoted the popular saying by the renowned
Educationist, Dr Kwegyir Aggrey, thus: “To educate a man, you educate an
individual, but to educate a woman, you educate the whole nation.”
She mentioned that girls were excelling in the
Mathematics and Science fields with about 30 female students being identified
currently for scholarships through ECOWAS.
She, therefore, appealed to all parents to
allow their girls to go to school to be able to make informed decisions about
their own live to prevent early marriages and teenage pregnancy.
Ms Humu Gaage, the Ambassador of the Rise
Project, said through the intervention, experienced tutors and resource persons
had been brought on board to handle the final year students in the core
She said though lack of education, teenage
pregnancy, poverty and early marriages were key problems in the Zongo
communities, the Project looked forward to cutting off those barriers to enable
the girls to attain a higher level of education to impact positively on
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