The non-profit-making organization (WAEC) is responsible for the conduct of the annual Basic Education Certificate Examination shortly known as BECE. This type of examination is for certification and selection into Senior High School and Technical Institutes in Ghana.
According to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) candidates, Continuous Assessment forms 30% whilst the Basic Education Certificate Examination forms 70% of the total assessment.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has permitted for final year students in Junior High School (JHS) to partake in this examination. An eligible Junior High School candidate of a school is registered and prepared towards the examination.
Date of Examination
The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) has been scheduled by the Ghana Education Service (GES) to be conducted annually in June except for this year that the examination date was postponed amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Entry for the Examination
For this type of examination, registration is done electronically in somewhere October/November each year. Head of schools after registering the eligible students are to submit a statement of entries, CDs together with the registration fees to the appropriate WAEC Office by specified dates that will be determined by the Council from year to year.
Subjects for the Examination
Currently, candidates sit for eight subjects during the examination but in some cases schools that offer french sit for nine subjects. French is however optional. The following are the subjects available to candidates:
- English Language
- Ghanaian Language and Culture
- Social Studies
- Integrated Science
- Basic Design and Technology
- Religious & Moral Education
- Information and Communications Technology
- French (optional)
Grading of Candidates
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) grades candidates based on their performance in the external examination (objective and written) and Continuous (Internal) Assessment marks provided by the schools.
According to the Council, it uses a nine-point numerical scale in grading the candidates with Grade 1 denoting the highest performance and Grade 9 the lowest.
Release of Results
The Council usually releases results of candidates who sat for the Basic Examination in August to enable those who passed to further their education in the Senior High Schools (SHS) or Technical Institutes at the beginning of the academic year.
The results for the 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will be delayed and released in a later month amid the outbreak of COVID-19 that made WAEC postponed the conduct of the examination from June to September 14, 2020.
The non-profit-making organization after releasing the BECE results send them to the participating schools, for each candidate to receive a statement of results through his/her school.
Selection of Senior High School
This part is the most crucial stage for candidates after the results are released. At this stage, candidates are placed to any of the various Senior High Schools in the country by the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).
The Ghana Education Service (GES) earlier announced for candidates who were not placed into any of the Senior High Schools (SHS) to do a self-placement.
This means that candidates who were not automatically selected by the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS) will have to choose the school of their choice depending on the grade they had.
Review of Scripts
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says it keeps scripts for three months after the release of BECE results before they are finally destroyed.
The Council reviews the script for a fee and is done at the instance of the Head of school or an accredited representative of the school since the Basic Education Certificate Examination is a school-based examination.
WAEC by policy does not undertake review of scripts at the instance of candidates, parents, guardians, or persons claiming to act “in loco parentis”
According to WAEC, it discharges the certificates to the schools for collection by individual candidates. Certificates are produced once and so lost or damaged certificates after collection are not replaced.
Confirmation of Results
The Council recommends for candidates who lose their certificates to confirm their results to prospective employers and educational institutions. This is the case because it does not replace lost or damaged certificates.
Attestation of Results
Candidates who lose their certificates may also request for attestation of their results.
Please forward all enquiries about the Basic Education Certificate Examination to the Deputy Registrar/ Controller, National Examinations Administration Department on telephone numbers, (+233)302- 208201-9 or email [email protected]