Some candidates of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in Zebilla in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region, were forced to write their examination on barefoot.
Except candidates who wore sandals to the Zebilla Senior High Technical School Centre ‘A’, all others were made to remove their shoes before they were allowed entry to write their English paper.
The Exam Officer at the Centre, Mr Ayeribire Charles, justified the decision, indicating it would make their supervision and invigilation easy.
He argued that that the decision was primarily to prevent the candidates from using their shoes to smuggle foreign materials, popularly known as ‘apor’, into the examination hall.
Meanwhile, addressing the candidates at Zebilla, the Bawku District Chief Executive, Victoria Ayamba has advised to put up their best but warned them against cheating in the examination, and write what they have learnt so far.
She said those who come out successfully in the exams would enjoy the government ‘s free SHS education to further their education.