The second edition of the private Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) began across the country on Monday, February 15, 2016 with 51 candidates from Togo taking part in the examination.
The Togolese candidates, all first timers, are writing the examination at the Denu Centre in the Volta Region.
The Head of National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Rev. Sam Nii Nmai Ollennu, told the Junior Graphic during his visit to the Asare Menaku Hall in Accra that the council had made arrangements for the candidates from Togo to write the examination.
“We also have some candidates from Togo being interested in the examination. We have made arrangements for them to take part in the examination,” he said.
The examination, which is meant for resitters and first timers would end on Friday, February 19, 2016.
A total of 1,413 candidates are taking part in the examination. The figure represents an increase of 232 over last year’s figure of 1,181 candidates who sat for the maiden edition of the examination.
Today, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 the candidates are writing Mathematics and Ghanaian Language. They have so far written English Language, Religious and Moral Education, Integrated Science and Basic Design and Technology.
Statistics from the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) made available to the Junior Graphic indicate that 761 males and 601 females are writing the examination.
The figures showed that the Upper West Region, which normally presents the lowest number of candidates during the school BECE, has the highest number of candidates of 286.
In last year’s school BECE for instance, the Upper West Region presented 12,521 candidates.
The Northern Region is presenting the second highest number of candidates of 224 followed by the Greater Accra Region with 216 candidates while the Ashanti Region is presenting 155 candidates.
The others are Central Region 127; Upper East, 126; Volta Region, 98; Eastern and Western regions, 54 each and the Brong Ahafo Region, 22 candidates.
For the subject breakdown, the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Integrated Science and Social Studies have the highest number of candidates. English Language has 1,321 candidates; Mathematics, 1,262; Integrated Science, 1,277; and Social Studies, 1,259.
The private BECE is for both candidates who are rewriting the examination because of poor performance, as well as those who are desirous of pursuing further education and are, therefore, writing for the first time.
Continuous assessment marks are not applicable in this examination as candidates are marked over 100 per cent.
Under the private BECE policy, candidates can write any number of subjects between one and nine, including English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and French.
The resit policy states, among others that candidates rewriting the examination must provide the index numbers and the year of writing the school BECE.
However, in the case of first-time candidates, they (candidates) must be 16 years and above and under this category “students in junior high schools are not qualified to register for the examination.”
The date of birth of candidates will be printed on their certificates and, therefore, unqualified candidates caught writing the examination will have their results nullified.