75 final year students of the Prince of Peace Academy Junior High School (JHS) in Tamale have not been registered for this year’s BECE. The proprietor of the school has been arrested for allegedly failing to register the students.
Mr. Sulemana Saeed, 28, was picked up by the police in Tamale after it emerged that 75 students of the school had been denied entry to the examination hall to take part in this year’s BECE which began nationwide yesterday.
Saeed is alleged to have taken money from the students but failed to register them to take part in the examination.
The police picked him up at the Northern School of Business (NOBISCO) Examination Centre after the students had heckled him.
The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr. Mohammed Yussif Tanko, who confirmed the proprietor’s arrest, said the police received information that Saeed was being attacked by the students and so they rushed to his rescue.
He said preliminary investigations revealed that the money he collected from the students was more than the Ghana Education Service (GES) approved registration fees.
DSP Tanko said the police were taking statements from the students to assist with investigations.
The students were left stranded and frustrated at NOBISCO when they could not find their index numbers in the examination hall.
Checks by invigilators revealed that the proprietor had not registered them for the examination.
Out of the 151 students of the Prince of Peace Academy, 76 were registered to sit for the examination and checks showed that only four were active students of the school.
Some of the affected students said they paid registration fees ranging between GH¢500 and GH¢600 but they were denied entry into the examination hall.
The proprietor is also alleged to have asked the students to contribute GH¢2 each to buy a goat for sacrifice before the examination.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has since launched investigations into the matter.
Credit: Graphic Online