Ashanti Region has highest number of 2020 BECE candidates – WAEC


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As the 30th edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) commences in the next few weeks the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has disclosed Ashanti Region has the highest number of registered candidates to partake the examination scheduled for September 14, 2020.

This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and unexpected closure of schools was suspended by the non-profit-making organization hence the delay in the conduct of the examination usually written on June each year by final year JHS students.

Even though the locally transmitted coronavirus is still at large but the Examination Council after broad consultation with the Ghana Education Service (GES) has arranged to conduct the examination with strict COVID-19 protocols in place to avoid further spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

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The Head of National Examination Department of WAEC, Mr Ben K. Owusu speaking in an interview monitored by said Ashanti Region popularly known as Greater Kumasi registered the highest number of candidates for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

According to him, students from Ashanti Region preparing to write the 30th edition of BECE are 106,857 followed by the Greater Accra Region also with 94,443 candidates from both public and private Junior High Schools (JHSs).

Collectively, 531,705 final year JHS School students from 17,440 private and public Junior High Schools (JHSs) across the country are expected to sit for the examination scheduled for September 14 to September 18, 2020.

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Prospective candidates will on Monday, September 14 start the examination with English Language Paper 1 & 2 and Religious and Moral Education 1 & 2 at the 2,07 approved examination centres in the country.


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