From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Commissioner for Education, Prof Kaniye Ebeku has expressed satisfaction on the process of the ongoing 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) which commenced in the state on Monday, September 7, this year for students in Junior Secondary School (JSS 3).
Monitoring the take-off of the examination, Prof Ebeku, visited the Custodian Centre and some schools in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt City Local Government Areas, to ascertain their level of preparedness for the examination.
At the Custodian centre, Prof Ebeku inspected the distribution of examination materials to representatives of public and private schools in the LGA.
Prof Ebeku also inspected the level of compliance with the Covid-19 protocols by schools, teachers and students.
Speaking to journalists shortly after monitoring the exercise, Ebeku expressed satisfaction with the process.
He said, “As you can observe the process is seamless and smooth. Schools have been coming to collect their materials. I am happy with what I have observed so far and this is what I have to say; we do not have shortages in terms of materials and what have you.”
“We are expecting that the exams will come and go smoothly without hitches.”
Speaking further, Prof Ebeku noted that the candidates have been fully prepared for the examination over a period of one month since August 5, this year when schools reopened for exit classes.
The Education Commissioner also expects excellent performance by the students in the examination.
At Model Girls Junior Secondary School, Rumueme, Obio/Akpor LGA, Mrs Chika Chuku, said her students were very prepared for the examination, adding that over 900 students sat for the annual exam.
Mrs Chuku who is the principal of the school, said “As you can see we are prepared, we have been in the school for four weeks trying to revise with the children on all they have been taught.
“We are done with the revision and you can see the level of the preparedness. The children are wearing their nose mask, we have applied all the Covid-19 protocols.
“We started with French subject and the exam will last for about eight days, from September 7 – 16, this year. Today, 920 students are sitting for the Junior Secondary School Examination in Model Girls Secondary School, Rumueme,” she added.