The management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) following the reset of the government basic schools’ academic calendar has scheduled July 2024 to administer the 34th edition of the BECE for School Candidates.
The 2024 BECE date comes after a spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng said a ministerial committee set up by the Minister for Education is working on the 2024/2025 school calendar for public pre-tertiary schools.
In an interview with UTV monitored by AcademicWeek, the Ministry in charge of Education Public Relations Officer (PRO) said the calendar committee at the appropriate time will make the new calendar available to students.
“The school calendar committee chaired by John Ntim Fordjour has been able to draft the academic year calendar to 2023/2024 but they are still consulting stakeholders on it,” the Ministry’s spokesperson told United Television (UTV),
The school calendar committee he said is chaired by the Deputy Education Minister, Ntim Fordjour with representatives from various sectors of the Ministry including GES, Free SHS Secretariat, NaCCA, TVET Service and heads of schools.
In a related development, the Education Service after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the academic calendar has said that the 2024 West African Senior School Certificate Examination will be administered in the usual May/June.
In a televised interview monitored by AcademicWeek, an official of GES said the Ministry of Education is working closely with stakeholders for the country to switch from conducting WASSCE in August/September to May/June.
“That is why we said this year the calendar that we put out was a transitional calendar. We are transiting to go back to our old calendar when we start school from September/October and end in June/July the following year,” he said.
Public and private candidates in the third year of Junior High Schools (JHS) approved by the Ghana Education Service (GES0 are eligible to register to take part in the national examination administered by the West African Exams Council.
The Basic Education Certificate Examination for School is usually conducted nationwide in June each year but amid the outbreak of coronavirus which impacted the academic calendar, it will be administered in September this year.
Registration for BECE is done electronically. Statement of Entries, CDs together with the registration fees should reach the appropriate Office of the Council by specified dates that will be determined by the Council from year to year.
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
Candidates are graded based on their performance in the external examination (objective and written) and Continuous (Internal) Assessment marks provided by the schools.
A nine-point numerical scale is used in grading the candidates with Grade 1 denoting the highest performance and Grade 9 the lowest.
BECE results release
The results of the national examination for Junior High School candidates are released in August to enable successful and qualified candidates to enter Senior High Schools and Technical Institutes at the beginning of the academic year.
The BECE for School Candidates results lists are sent to the participating schools, whilst each candidate receives a statement of results through his/her school. They can also check their results online at www.waecgh.org.
The BECE for School certificates are sent to the various schools for collection by individual candidates who sat for the exams. Certificates are produced once, and so certificates which get lost or damaged after collection are not replaced.