Edo banned BECE and primary school leaving exams in private schools | Rare Techy


The Edo State Government has announced that private schools will no longer be allowed to conduct the Junior Secondary School Basic Certificate of Education Examination (BECE) and Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination.

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, yesterday addressed journalists in Benin that the government will announce the designated centers where the examinations will be held in March 2023.

“This is part of the ongoing reforms in the education sector. These exams will no longer be held in four-bedroom buildings or business centers, but will be held at government-recognised designated centers. He also said that private schools that are not ready to follow these reforms will not be allowed to operate in the state.

The decision to set up special centers for these exams was taken to prevent malpractices, especially “miracle centers” where mercenaries are imported into schools to take the exams for students.

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Reacting to a viral video of a protest by some members of a private school owners association, Nehikhare said whatever the government does in the education sector is not only for the parents but also for everyone, especially the students.

He explained that the reform implemented by the government is already yielding results as the state topped the 2022 West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) with 92.8 passes including Mathematics and English.


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