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"Focus and excel" - Akufo-Addo urges BECE 2024 candidates

President Akufo-Addo has extended his best wishes to the candidates of the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), encouraging them to stay focused and perform to the best of their abilities.


In his motivational message, President Akufo-Addo emphasized the importance of remaining calm and diligent, assuring the candidates that a bright future awaits those who put in the effort.


He reinforced that the entire nation stands in support of their endeavors during this pivotal time.


“Remember, your hard work and dedication have brought you this far,” he advised, highlighting the significant milestone the examination represents in their educational journey.


The President reminded the candidates to avoid any form of examination malpractice, stressing the importance of honesty and integrity.


“Honesty and integrity are values that will serve you well throughout your lives,” President Akufo-Addo stated.


“Approach each paper with a clear mind, answer the questions to the best of your ability, and trust in the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the years.”


According to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), a total of 569,095 candidates will sit for this year’s BECE, which begins on Monday, July 8.


This includes 282,648 males and 286,447 females from 19,506 schools across the nation.


Mr. John K. Kapi, Head of Public Affairs at the WAEC National Office, revealed at a press conference in Accra that this year’s figure marks a 5.29 percent decrease compared to the 2023 entry figure of 600,900 candidates.


The examination will be conducted in 2,123 locations nationwide, with a comprehensive supervisory and invigilation team comprising 2,123 supervisors, 1,889 assistant supervisors, and 19,973 invigilators to ensure the smooth administration of the tests.


President Akufo-Addo’s inspiring message aims to instill confidence and a sense of responsibility in the BECE candidates as they embark on this crucial chapter of their academic journey.


Story by: Sarah-Joyce Komenan

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