Maiden private BECE starts today

The maiden private Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for private resit candidates, takes off today at 11 examination centres across the country.number 1,136 candidates are to write Mathematics, while 1,057 of them will write English Language.

The private BECE provides students, who performed poorly in the BECE and consequently could not proceed to the secondary level, with a chance to better their grades.

The Western Region recorded the highest number of 276 candidates, while the Upper East Region registered the lowest number of 28 candidates.

In addition to the 10 regional centres, an eleventh centre had to be created in the Bia district because the district alone has 200 registered candidates.

According to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the results of the examination would be out in May this year.

The arrangement for the resit examination followed an agreement between the government and WAEC to allow candidates who fail the BECE to resit as private candidates.

It is part of efforts to support BECE graduates who secure poor grades to improve their grades and qualify for placement in senior high and technical schools.

A total of 182,000 candidates who sat for last year BECE did not pass in the core subjects, and therefore, could not be placed in any of the public senior high schools by the computerised schools selection and placement system .

Similar to WAEC’s November/December resit for WASSCE candidates, the initiative by the government was to address concerns about the fate of candidates who fail the BECE.

Prior to the new arrangement, those who fail the BECE have to repeat a whole academic year before they can get the chance to rewrite the examination.

The situation was found to be discouraging the affected candidates due to the stigma associated with writing the examination with their juniors.

By Edmund Mingle

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