The Management of Ghana’s Education Service (GES), has sent their best wishes message to the 531,705 prospective BECE candidates who will from Monday, September 14 to Friday, September 18, 2020, sit for the 30th edition of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) across the country.
The 2020 edition of the BECE for School Candidates was expected to commence somewhere in June but the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) amid the outbreak of the locally transmitted coronavirus announce to administer it on Monday, September 14 to Friday, September 18, 2020.
The Education Service (GES) in a statement copied to Georgeweb.org assured candidates and stakeholders that it has tirelessly worked with the Examinations Council (WAEC) to ensure smooth conduct of this years BECE.
Commenting on examinations malpractices, the Service urged all candidates and all persons associated with the conduct of the upcoming national examination to desist from any form of misconduct that will undermine the integrity of the Council and the examination.
The Head of National Office, WAEC, Mrs Wendy E. Addy-Lamptey speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 described examination malpractices as the worst form of examination fraud with sanctions.
According to the Ghana Education Service (GES), it will at all times liaise with the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) and investigate reported cases of examination malpractices and punish persons found culpable.
It further entreats non-candidates and persons not associated with the conduct of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) to stay away from the various examination centres during the examination period.
The Ghana Police Service and other security agencies have been urged to deal with all those who will attempt to undermine the integrity of the national exercise and jeopardize the future of the prospective candidates.
The over 531,705 prospective candidates have similarly been advised to take note of the basic examination rules and abide by it accordingly in order to ensure incident-free, misconducts and indiscipline acts.
Collectively, 531,705 final year students from 17,440 private and public and private Junior High Schools will on Monday, September 14 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 Head of National Examination, WAEC, Mr Ben K Owusu in an interview monitored by Georgeweb.org disclosed that Ashanti Region has the highest number of BECE candidates followed by the Greater Accra Region.
According to the WAEC official, Greater Kumasi registered 106,857 candidates whilst Greater Accra Region also registered 94,443 candidates.
Mrs Wendy Addy-Lamptey speaking to journalists on behalf of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) sends the Council’s best wishes to all the students preparing towards their final examination, she urged them to focus on their books and learn to pass the examination with flying colours.