Preparations towards conduct of 2020 BECE underway – WAEC

2020 BECE underway

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has commenced pre 2020 BECE preparations. The examining body is expected to organize the 30th BECE (exit examination) this year for all final year students in the basic school category.

The council has commenced the preparation to ensure the examination which is scheduled to begin on September 14th 2020 is held without any hitches.

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The examination which was supposed to have taken place in June was postponed and rescheduled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Management of the  examining body, WAEC and GES  had to put the exams on hold until the government eased restrictions for final year BECEWASSCE and University students to resume school ahead of their final exams at all three levels. 

In an interview, the Head of National Examination of WAEC, Mr Ben K. Owusu told Winifred Ampiaw that WAEC was ready to conduct the BECE 2020 for final year students.

He said: As the WASSCE is ongoing we also do not lose sight that the BECE is also around the corner. It has been scheduled to take place from September 14 to 18, 2020. So we are putting measures in place and preparing well towards the conduct of the Basic Education Certificate Examination. 

This years BECE is expected to be written by (531,705) prospective candidates drawn from public and private basic schools in the 16 regions of Ghana. These candidates are drawn from 17,440 public and private Junior High School (JHSs) under the Ghana Education Service.

Per statistics from WAEC, the Ashanti region tops the regional break down with “106,857 candidates out of the total number (531,705) expected to take the BECE exit examination. This was revealed by Head of National Examination of WAEC, Mr Ben K. Owusu.  This is followed by the Greater Accra region with a total of 94,443 candidates.

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In his submission, Mr Ben K. Owusu announced that the examination materials such as answer booklet, objective answer sheets, attendance registers have already been sent to the various education directorates. 

Since the inception of the BECEWAEC has continued to conduct the national examination. 30 years down the lane, we expect WAEC to superintend over a credible examination devoid of leakages, a sad development that seems to have characterised the ongoing WASSCE for final year Senior High School students. 

This calls for efforts to safeguard the questions from being leaked from the WAEC strong room so that the WASSCE experience does not surface at the BECE. The credibility of WAEC has come under scrutiny at the ongoing WASSCE, and the BECE provides a good opportunity for the examining body to redeem its lost glory and respect. 



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