Serious preparations were going on throughout the country: In two weeks, some selected primary six pupils would for the first time be writing the Common Entrance Examination alongside their older counterparts in the middle schools. Those 11- and 12-year-old pioneers were exceptionally brilliant pupils whose teachers felt could pass the entrance examination to secondary schools if given the opportunity. After a long debate of the issue, the Education Ministry had agreed to the suggestion.
Several schools were organizing extra classes for their candidates and many parents were also doing their best to make sure their children passed.
Sekyiwaa, one of the few selected primary six pupils, was anxiously looking forward to the examinations. She was very confident she would pass and so encouraged her friends to start buying school items needed for their secondary education.