The Police Administration has cautioned Junior High School leavers against the abuse of drugs and alcohol as they celebrate the completion of their basic education.
A statement issued and signed by Director of Public Affairs Superintendent of Police Sheilla Kesse Abayie-Bukman congratulated the thousands of JHS leavers who have just completed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) ‘’ and also cautions them to be guarded in celebrating their achievement’’, it added.
The police statement said ‘’it has been observed that some JHS graduates indulge in drug and alcohol abuse and other acts that lead to crimes and injuries, and in some cases death at beaches among others.’’
Therefore, the Police Administration is cautioning them not to over indulge. Beach revelers, nightclub patrons and such others among them are to be careful to avoid injuries and breaching the law. Parents and guardians are also advised to keep an eye on their wards and children. Again, hotels, pubs and drinking bars are warned not to allow under age children to patronize their products and services,’’ the statement concluded.
A total of 517,332 candidates from 16,871 public and private basic schools nationwide sat for this year’s BECE.
Made up of 263, 616 males and 253,716 females, representing an increase of 7,508 over the 2018 figure of 509,824, they wrote the exams at 1,880 examination centres.
They were supervised by a total of 21,726 supervisors, their assistants and invigilators, according to figures made available to the Ghanaian Times by the West African Examination Council (WAEC).