BECE Begins Today

BECE_EXAMSThis year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), commences throughout the country today, with English Language Papers One (objective) and Two (essay), and Social Studies Paper One (objective).

It would end on Monday, June 24, with the French Paper Two (essay), and the Information and Communication Technology Papers One (objective) and Two (essay).  According to statistics made available to the ‘Ghanaian Times’ by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), a total of 391,079 candidates, from 11, 778 public and private junior high schools, would write the examinations at 1,378 centres, under 13,714 invigilators and 2,675 supervisors.

Of the number, 209, 381 are male and 181, 689 female.  Among them are those 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 1,339 centres, under 13,212 invigilators and 1,339 supervisors.

The candidates would write three papers daily. The Principal Public Relations Officer of WAEC, Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, told the “Times” last Thursday that, Ashanti Region registered the highest number of 78,348 candidates (41,110 male and 37,238 female); while 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 assured the candidates they can pass the examination without cheating “because the BECE is the extension of the normal class work, and the questions, are based on the syllabuses”.

“Be relaxed and calm in the examination hall, for the BECE is like any other examination, so don’t be afraid or panic, only learn to recollect what you have learnt, since questions are not outside the syllabuses.

“Read the instructions and questions carefully, understand, and answer them clearly,” she counseled them. Mrs. Teye-Cudjoe advised them to abide by the rules and not to flout them; otherwise, their results would be cancelled.

She entreated the supervisors and invigilators to operate strictly within the rules and regulations of the examination. In a goodwill message, the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, Miss Benedicta Naana Biney, said “this is a period of reckoning and we believe in your ability to come out with flying colours, for your dedication and hard work will not go unrewarded”.

She, therefore, urged the candidates not to stumble and fall, “but to comply with the rules and regulations; and desist from engaging in any unacceptable conduct which may have undesirable consequences on their future, as well as bring unnecessary hardship and disrepute to them, their parents and the country, at large”.

Miss Biney enjoined the supervisors and invigilators to be vigilant and ensure that the right atmosphere is created throughout the examination period.

The candidates would be examined in English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Integrated Science, Ghanaian Language and Culture, Information and Communication Information (optional), French (optional), Basic Design and Technology, and Moral and Religious Studies.

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