A lecturer at the Takoradi Technical University (TTU) has presented free mathematical sets and other stationeries to nearly 2000 underprivileged pupils writing this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at the Effia and Takoradi constituencies.
Dr. Adwoa Kwegyiriba, who is a research lecturer and a philanthropist, explained the presentation of the items worth GHC4,960 is to encourage and motivate the candidates to pass their exams.
“These items are to help you write your exams, you have reached this level by the help of your parents, not that they can’t afford buying pens, pencils and math sets but I’m doing this to encourage you and to let you know that I care about you and your success is my success”
The beneficiaries, selected from both public and private schools, are predominantly pupils whose teachers attested could not afford to buy even pens to write in school.
The lecturer observed there were many candidates who for lack of stationeries, may not report to the examination centers to write the BECE, but said that should not be the case.
During her tour to 23 basic schools the constituencies, she seized the opportunity to psych the candidates mentally to overcome their fear, which result in some pupils getting fever during the period.
While advising them against exam malpractices, she also urged parents and guardians to express and show love and extra care to their wards especially few days to writing the exams.
“…Abide by the rules and regulations guiding the exams, and I also want to entreat parents to show these candidates love and not be shouting on them because this is a critical moment for them since it is their first time writing external exams” Dr. Kwegyiriba advised.In a related development, she said some female lecturers the University have teamed up with her to supply the BECE candidates who will be sitting the exams at the Takoradi Technical Institute (TTI) and Takoradi Secondary School, with bottled water.
The rationale, according to Dr. Kwegyiriba, is to establish academic links with the candidates and to also ensure that TTU is registered on their minds as they progress on the academic ladder, adding, “the water is to also relieve them of stress”.
The candidates expressed gratitude Dr. Kwegyiriba and the other female lecturers for the gesture.
By Loveridge Ampratwum