Over 234,606 prospective candidates from 5,760 private Junior High Schools (JHSs) across the country are expected to sit for the 2020 edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) on Monday, September 14, 2020.
The National Executive Director of the Ghana National Council of Private Schools (GNACOPS), Mr Enoch Kwasi Gyetuah disclosed the figure in an exclusive interview with Georgeweb.org on Friday September 11, 2020.
The conduct of this year’s BECE had delayed amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that forced the central government to temporarily close down all schools as part of measures to slow and curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) following the outbreak and closure of schools postponed the conduct of the national examination but later announced to administer it on Monday, September 14 to September 18.
According to WAEC, 531,705 candidates from 17,440 private and public and private Junior High Schools will on Monday, September 14, 2020, start the examination with English Language Paper 1 & 2 and Religious and Moral Education 1 & 2 at 2,07 approved examination centres across the country.
The Executive Director speaking in the interview commended the over 68,716 private Junior High School (JHSs) teachers across the country for their zeal and commitment in these challenging and difficult times.
Mr Gyetuah also encouraged all the 531,705 prospective candidates to prepare adequately towards the upcoming examination in other to pass with flying colours and make their parents, teachers and GNACOPS proud.
Commenting on examination malpractices, the Executive Director of GNACOPS advised the students to desist from any form of misconduct that could lead to the cancellation of some or their entire subject papers.
He further urged them to strictly adhere to the novel coronavirus safety protocols outlined by Ghana Education and Health Service, “our advise to them is they should always before, during and after each paper wear their nose mask and wash their hands regularly”, he told Okyere Darko George.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) in collaboration with the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) has assured members of the general public and stakeholders a smooth conduct of the examination.