The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has called on the West African Examinations Council to fast-track the release of the withheld BECE results and scripts of students who sat for the examination before the Ghana Education Service releases the school placement.
The General Secretary of NUGS, Ismail Tuohesung Issahaque in an interview with Daily Graphic said WAEC should ensure that no punitive action would prevent the 22,270 candidates whose 2023 BECE scripts were withheld from continuing their education at the secondary level.
Issahaque said the students should not be made to suffer any punishment other than those who were supposed to supervise them adding that if there was any optional punishment, WAEC should opt for it and not take the children off schooling.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the not-for-profit-making organization (WAEC) has said his outfit this week will commence a series of meetings with students whose scripts are under scrutiny over reports of mass cheating.
A total of 600,714 candidates, comprising 300,323 boys and 300,391 girls from 18,993 Junior High Schools participated in the 2023 BECE for School Candidates which began on Monday, August 7, 2023, to Friday, August 11, 2023.
About the 2023 BECE for Private Candidates, a total entry figure of 1,743 candidates was recorded. This is made up of 889 males and 854 females. This year’s figure is 5.4% higher than the entry figure of 1,132 for 2022.
The 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School Candidates was held at 2,137 examination centres across the country, while 15 centres mainly in the regional capitals were used for the BECE for Private candidates.
To ensure the smooth and successful conduct of the 2023 BECE for School and Private, A total of 2,137 supervisors, 2,000 supervisors and 21,027 invigilators were tasked to oversee the administration of the national examination.