To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven…….and a time to dance.
Flashback into the year 2005, April 22nd. A very frabjous day for me because 1. It was my anniversary and 2. It was the day that I finish writing my Basic Education Certificate Exams (BECE). I had waited so long for that day, though before I didn’t think I would be around to write the exams – I thought the rapture would have taken place – but it wasn’t to be so. So yes I wrote the BECE. On the last day a few minutes after the monumental ‘stop work’ and paper collection, I raised my hand in victory, I had conquered the world. I chanted loudly to myself ten ones, ten ones! It definitely had to be ten ones considering the lump sum of money [one I had already drawn a budget for] at stake over a deal I made with my dad. I was a bit skeptical and unsure of French though, but hey, miracles happen and I happen to believe in them, so why not. I had been an active anti-French activist in school – never really studied it much. Monsieur Degboye, my French teacher, had been an excellent tutor I just hadn’t thought French was one of the things I needed to succeed in life. Funny though, now I I’m learning it. I looked around me at the faces of my fellows and they were all wearing smiles. Outside the exams room, some people were ripping their uniforms apart, ponding each other, throwing powder on themselves, dropping their text books all in the name of jubilation. Of course we had overcome mountains and hills and valleys, because it pretty much felt like that to us. It was exciting and entertaining to watch but I haven’t been much for that explicit form of expressions so I didn’t join in. Maybe the fact that 3 years before us some students have had to come back to school to study and retake the exams because ap) had leaked also contributed to my reserve.
Fast forward to 2016, June 17th. BECE is ending today and today also doubles as a friend’s anniversary [Happy Birthday Kennedy]. Of course over the years the curriculum has been modified so instead of two papers today, candidates are writing just one. I can imagine they may be feeling pretty much the same. Young fellas will be excited. Years of studies, for some, days of cramming and sleepless nights is finally over. So much expectancy – for great results, looking forward to SHS and a lot of leisure time.
A few days after relaxing at home, members will start itching for some activity and start wishing they were still in school minus all the learning or maybe just tests and exams.
Kudos to all our young ladies and gentlemen, especially my great friends, Ernest and Gabriel, for a job well done. All the best in your results.
I have fought a good fight, i have finished my course, i have kept the faith. – The Bible