Some hopefuls of this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in Zebilla in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region were compelled to put down their exams barefoot.

With the exemption of candidates who donned sandals to the Zebilla Senior High Technical School Centre ‘B’, all others were made to peel off their sandals before they were permitted access to write their social studies paper.

The invigilators rationalized the judgment, implying it would make their supervision and invigilation simple.

The District Director of Education, Timothy Nasaal acknowledged that the verdict was largely to deter the prospects from wielding their sandals to transmit exotic materials, popularly known as “apor” into the examination hall as has been the exercise in aforesaid exams.

The Director, however, said some candidates have been hooked on smuggling exotic paraphernalia into the exams hall therefore the decision concurred to rousing candidates donning lengthy boots with socks to discard them.

He was quick to notify them against extortion in the examination.

The DCE motivated them to enact their exam and enjoy government’s free SHS programme.

Out of the total of 1,845 candidates sitting for this year year’s examination in the Bawku West District, 956 were females and 889 males.

Dealing with the candidates at Zebilla, the Bawku District Chief Executive, Issaka Tahiru Ahmed has exhorted them to put up their best.


In Garu District, out of a total of 1,157 candidates, 588 are males and 569 females.

At Tempane in the Tempane District, a total of 1,344 candidates were expected to sit for the exams. The figure is made up of 661 males and 697 females.

At Bawku Municipal, out of a total of 2,211candidates, 1237 are males and 974 males.

In generally, 22,121 candidates made up of 11,544 females and 10,577 males were expected to sit for the exam in the Upper East Region.

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