Dear Fellow Extra Class friend:
Release of the 2012-2016 Extra Class Question Pool
The Chronicle sympathises with teachers over their meager wages. It is a fact of life that our teachers sacrifice everything for very poor remuneration. But, that is no license for them to extort monies from hard-up parents, under the guise of extra classes.
Extra classes for children – Healthy or Unhealthy?
In some of the cases, toddlers in the kindergarten and nurseries are also caught up in this extra classes phenomenon. We do not believe extra classes do these toddlers any good. If anything at all, it extends the time these children spend in the classrooms for no justifiable reasons.
Apart from extra hours after schools had closed for the day, there are classes being organised at the weekends. These extra classes are advertised as the final push for hard-up kids to brush up their lessons, to enable them pass their examinations.In more cases than one, the extra classes are organised without the official supervision of the accredited schools involved. Invariably, a few teachers get together to organise these classes, for which they charge a king's ransom.It has become such an integral part of the school curriculum that many parents fear that if they do not pay for these extra classes, their wards may not be able to pass class examinations, as well as the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).The Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service should take a hard look at these extra classes, and either abolish them or modify them to meet basic needs.Financially, the extra classes are a burden on poor parents and guardians, many of whom are forced to pay, for fear of their wards not getting the necessary grounding academically.General licensees may upgrade to Extra Class by passing a 50-question multiple-choice examination. No Morse code test is required. In addition to some of the more obscure regulations, the test covers specialized operating practices, advanced electronics theory and radio equipment design. Non-licensed individuals must pass Element 2, Element 3 and Element 4 written exams to earn an Extra License. The FCC grants exam element 3 credit to individuals that previously held certain older types of licenses. Find .