The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) following the conduct of this year’s School examinations says it had only serialised examination question papers for some subjects in 2023 WASSCE to curb the possibility of questions leakage.
In a blog post sighted by AcademicWeek, the Council said it as part of measures to ensure the smooth conduct of the 2023 national and international examination will move question papers from Strong Rooms to Depots in batches.
“Additional depots for Basic Education Certificate Examination and West African Senior School Certificate Examination have been created for the storage of confidential materials to ensure that the depots are located close to the exam centre,” it said.
A total number of 600,714 candidates, comprising 300,323 males and 300,391 females from 18,993 participating private and public Junior High Schools are expected to sit for 2023 BECE slated for August 7, 2023, to August 11, 2023.
With regard to the 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.
For the school and private candidates, 21 subjects, comprising 5 Core and 16 Electives will be made available to prospective candidates. In addition to the 5 Core subjects, the school candidates will be given the option of choosing four Electives to make a maximum of nine subjects.
The Basic Education Certificate Examination for School Candidates will be held at 2,137 examination centres across the country, while 15 centres mainly in the regional capitals will be used for the BECE for Private candidates,” he said.
A total of 447,204 prospective candidates, made up of 211,834 males and 235,370 females drawn from 975 Senior High Schools are expected to sit for the 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School.
This figure indicates an increase of 5.8% compared to the 2022 entry figure of 422,883. The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School will be administered at 834 examination centres across the country.
This year’s WASSCE for School Candidates to be administered from Monday, July 31 to September 26, 2023, a total of 60 subjects, comprising 4 core and 56 electives will be made available to prospective candidates to choose from.