A total of 391,079 candidates, from 11, 778 public and private junior high schools, nationwide, have registered to write this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), which commences on Monday, June 17 and ends on June 24.
The examinations are to be held at 1, 378 centres, under 13, 714 invigilators and 2, 675 supervisors.
Of the number of candidates, 209, 381 are male and 181, 689 female. Among them are pupils with hearing, speech and visual impairments.
This figure marks an increase of 3.6 per cent over the 376, 859 candidates, from 11, 164 junior high schools, who wrote last year’s examination at the I, 339 centres under 13, 212 invigilators and 1, 339 supervisors.
When the centres open on June 17, the candidates would write three papers daily, starting with English Language Paper One (objective) to be followed by Paper Two (essay), and Social Studies One (objective), in that order.
On the last day, they would write the French Paper Two (essay), and the Information and Communication Technology Papers One (objective) and Two (essay).
The Senior Public Affairs Officer of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe,who disclosed this to the Ghanaian Times, in Accra, revealed that the Ashanti Region registered 78,348 candidates (41,110 male and 37,238 female), the highest; while the Upper West Region registered the lowest, with 10,302 candidates (5,603 male, 4, 699 female).
The rest are: Greater Accra-70,097 (34,321 male, 35,776 female); Central-40,520 (21,801 male, 18,719 female); Western-39, 086 (21,123 male, 17, 963 female); Eastern-38, 749 (21,157 male, 17, 592 female); Brong-Ahafo-35, 798 (19,802 male, 15, 996 female); Northern-32, 100 (19,065 male, 13,035 female); Volta-29, 085 (16,545 male, 12,540 female) and Upper East- 16, 994 (8,854 male, 8,140 female).
Mrs. Teye-Cudjoe told the Times that the Council and the Ghana Education Service have embarked on an awareness programme in schools, to sensitise the candidates on the Dos and Don’ts of the BECE and the WAEC Law.
The programme covered the Accra and Tema metropolis; the Ledzokuku-Krowor, Adentan, Ga East and West Municipalities; and Dangme East and Shai-Osudoku districts.
She assured the candidates that they can pass the examination without cheating “because the BECE is the extension of the normal class work, and the questions, based on the syllabuses”.
“The BECE is like any other examination, so don’t, panic, only learn to recollect what you have learnt, since questions are not outside the syllabuses,” she counselled them.
Mrs. Teye-Cudjoe warned that they could have their results cancelled and they themselves barred from the Council’s examinations for not less than two years, “if anything untoward is detected at the examination centres”.
She entreated the supervisors and invigilators to operate strictly within the rules and regulations of the examination.
The candidates would be examined in English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Integrated Science, Ghanaian Language, Information and Communication Technology (optional), French (optional), Basic Design and Technology, and Religious and Moral Education.