Science cares about its terminologies and not sweet grammar- BECE candidates advised

Junior High School (JHS) finalists have been advised to get their Integrated Science terms and spellings rightly when answering questions in that regard in their pending examination.

According to examiners, failure on the part of candidates to do so was one of the reasons many candidates do not get the required marks despite answering many questions.

This was made known by Mr Ebenezer Asiedu, an examiner and Science tutor at Kwegyir Aggrey Senior High Technical School (KASHTS), in an interview with Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah at the sidelines of a sensitization seminar organized for JHS finalists in and around Anomabo by a club called Boys and Girls Club of Ghana, Anomabo on Friday.

The seminar, dubbed “time with BECE markers”, brought together four Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) markers who took the pupils through dos and don’ts in answering examination questions.
They were taken through the four core subjects, English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies and Integrated Science.

According to Mr Asiedu, science “focuses more on its terminologies and spellings and not grammar hence the call on the finalists to be circumspect and careful when writing them….because a single wrong spelling of a word takes away a mark or marks.

“Assuming a candidate is writing a ‘beaker’ and mistakenly makes it ‘breaker’, the marking scheme says as an examiner, you shouldn’t think or determine for the candidate, so in this case, you need to mark him or her wrong because the ‘breaker’ means different thing.”

He added, “….these are some of the reasons why many candidates allege that they’ve been cheated in the marking comparing the number of questions they answered with the results they get; forgetting that though they wrote much but full of mistakes.”

He thus urged the pupils always to take their time to write and crosscheck whatever they write and also, “in Science paper two for instance, don’t ever ignore or forgo question one. You do so at your own disadvantage because that one alone fetches you 40marks if you get all correct….so I always advise candidates to tackle question one….and the good news is that, question one is always not difficult.”

On his part, Mr Alfred Koomson, who doubles as a mathematics tutor at KASHTS, charged the pupils to endeavour to take their time to read to understand questions before answering and also obey the rubrics governing each question.

“You don’t answer questions anyhow in exams; read the instructions carefully than the question itself also carefully before you pen down the answer,” Mr Koomson said, and added, “at times instructions say ‘answer only one question in this part’ and you see a candidate answering three questions instead of one…..even though the rules say the examiner shall select the best one, but it’s time wasting”.

Mr Eric Paintsil and Mr Enoch Kwegyir Aggrey, who took the pupils through Social Studies and English Language respectively, both, among other things, charged them always to write neatly and clearly.

JHS three pupils in the country are expected to write their BECE from 17th to 21st October 2022.

Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah (KAKA)/

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