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BECE 2024 commences today with over half a million candidates

Today, Monday, July 8, marks the commencement of the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), with a significant turnout of 569,095 candidates.


According to Mr. John K. Kapi, Head of Public Affairs at the WAEC National Office, this year's candidates will have English Language as their first paper and conclude with Arabic on Monday, July 15.


The candidates, comprising 282,648 males and 286,447 females from 19,506 schools, represent a notable decrease of 5.29% compared to last year's 600,900 candidates.


The examinations will be administered across 2,123 locations nationwide, overseen by a robust team of 2,123 supervisors, 1,889 assistant supervisors, and 19,973 invigilators to ensure a seamless process.


This year's school candidates will be assessed based on the newly introduced Common Core Curriculum, while private candidates will adhere to the old syllabus.


Mr. Kapi highlighted that the examination's Guidelines, Scheme, and Structure have been developed and circulated to all school heads, with further details available on the WAEC website for interested stakeholders.


The Council has registered 1,366 private candidates, comprising 735 males and 631 females. This figure reflects a 25.7% decrease from the 2023 total of 1,839.


These exams will be conducted across 15 centers located primarily in regional capitals.


To ensure the smooth conduct of the examinations, the Council has organized sensitization programs to educate candidates on the rules and regulations.


Additionally, examination materials such as objective answer cards, answer booklets, and pencils have been distributed to District Education Offices nationwide.


Provisions have also been made for candidates with special educational needs, ensuring inclusivity for all.


As the BECE 2024 begins, the collective efforts of supervisors, invigilators, and the entire educational community are set to provide a conducive environment for candidates to showcase their knowledge and skills.


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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