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2021 BECE begins today with over 571,0000 candidates

BECE

A total number of 571, 894 candidates will sit for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) from today, Monday, November 15, 2021, to Friday, November 19, 2021, at 2,158 centres nationwide.

Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, Head of Public Affairs, West African Examinations Council’s National Office, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said
the Council had put in place stringent security measures to prevent leakages in this year’s examinations.

She said officials of the National Intelligence Bureau monitored the production process – printing, sorting and packaging of the papers- and were confident that there would be no leakages of the papers before and during the exams.

“The Council has also increased the number of depots storing confidential materials under strict surveillance to ensure that the papers did not leak before and during the examinations,” she said.

Mrs Teye-Cudjoe said all COVID-19 safety protocols would be observed during the examination, stressing that all candidates would be given hand sanitisers and that “should a candidate fall sick and a medical report is available, a committee will look into the situation and make a decision.”

A statement signed by Mrs. Cassandra Twum Ampofo, the Head of Public Relations, Ghana Education Service, commended teachers, school heads, parents, and other stakeholders for preparing the candidates for the examination.

The statement entreated all stakeholders to desist from any form of examination malpractice.

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It said details of the selection process for the Senior High School would be communicated in due course and wished all candidates success and good luck.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kofi Asare, Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, an Education Policy Research and Advocacy Organisation, said there were not enough assurances from WAEC that this year’s BECE would be leakage-free.

He said per historical antecedents in WAEC related examinations, he could only hope that the examining body would put its house in order to prevent the “scare of what took place in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination.”

Mr. Peter Korda, Head of Public Relations, Ghana National Association of Teachers, said they expected the BECE results to be better this year despite the long COVID-19 break.

He said teachers did their best to catch up with the curriculum after the 10-month break in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID-19 pushed teachers to go the extra mile to adequately prepare students for the examinations through extra classes and online teaching and assignments,” he said.

He advised the candidates to adhere to the rules and instructions of the exams.

GNA

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