Over 600,000 Students Begin 2023 BECE Examination

By Riddy10 3 Min Read

The 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) commenced today, Monday, 7th August 2023, with an overwhelming number of candidates gearing up to take this significant examination.

Over 600,000 candidates are expected to sit for the BECE, a substantial increase of 5.4% compared to the previous year.

According to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the candidates comprise approximately 300,323 males and 300,391 females, hailing from both private and public Junior High Schools.

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This year’s examination will see a total of 18,993 educational institutions participating, with 2,137 designated centers to accommodate the candidates throughout the week-long examination period, which will conclude on Friday, August 11, 2023.

In preparation for the BECE and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the Ghanaian government made a payment of GHS55 million to the West African Examination Council (WAEC). Of this amount, GH¢10.5 million has been allocated for the BECE, while GH¢40 million has been earmarked for the WASSCE.

Over 600,000 Students Begin 2023 BECE Examination

Despite the substantial financial contribution, the Public Relations Officer of WAEC, Ms. Winifred Ampiaw, raised concerns over the urgent need for additional funds. WAEC requires over GH¢50 million to meet its financial obligations and ensure the seamless organization of the upcoming 2023 examinations.

Mr. Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, the Minority Spokesperson on Education, voiced deep concerns regarding the situation. He highlighted the current challenges faced by WAEC, pointing out the government’s failure to release funds for compensating individuals who provided their services during the 2022 WASSCE.

The BECE is a crucial examination for junior high school students in Ghana as it serves as a determinant for their progression to senior high school.

The increase in the number of candidates reflects the country’s commitment to promoting education and fostering a knowledgeable workforce for the future.

As the BECE kicks off, students, parents, and educators alike are eagerly awaiting the results, which will undoubtedly shape the academic and professional paths of these young individuals.

Meanwhile, stakeholders are calling on the government to address the financial needs of WAEC promptly to ensure the smooth conduct of the examination and uphold the integrity of Ghana’s educational system.

See: 2023 BECE Timetable [Start Date + Time]

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