The management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) after it announced to administer this year’s BECE for both Private and School Candidates has released the official 2023 BECE timetable for the national examination.
Per the BECE timetable for School and Private Sighted by AcademicWeek, the examination will start on Monday, August 7, 2023, with Social Studies (Essay & Objectives) and end on Friday, August 11, 2023, with French (Essay & Objectives).
Yet to be announced by the Examinations Council, a total of over 500,000 candidates from about 18,501 Junior High Schools (JHSs) are expected to participate in the BECE for School Candidates at 2,023 centres throughout the country.
In a related development, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has banned the registration of unqualified public and private Junior High School (JHS) students in the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination slated for August 7, 2023.
In a letter to heads of various public and private Junior High Schools across the country sighted by AcademicWeek, the Education Service said it is illegal to register unqualified students for the 2023 BECE for School Candidates.
“Management of the Ghana Education Services (GES) wishes to remind all heads of basic schools (private and public) that registration of JHS1 and JHS2 students for BECE for School Candidates is illegal,” the Service said in the letter.
Citing the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the national examination, GES added that “the registration of candidates for the 2023 BECE for School is strictly for students in Junior High School Form three (JHS3) only.”
“It is against the Ghana Education Service (GES) and West African Examinations Council’s (WAEC) rules and regulations to register JHS1 and JHS2 students either in their own school or in a different school to write the BECE,” it noted.
Likewise, the management of the Ghana Education Service (GES) said it is illegal for any head of a public basic school to register a final year Junior High School student from any school (public or private) to write the BECE for School.
“There will be an audit of BECEregistered candidates immediately after the registration exercise. Any student found to have been registered illegally will have his/her registration nullified by the West African Examinations Council,” it said.
After an unqualified student registration has been nullified by the Exams Council, the Ghana Education Service (GES) said the headteacher involved in the illegal act would be severely sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to other teachers.
“The period for the registration of the candidates which will be set by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) should be strictly complied with to avoid late registration,” the GES management stated in the letter to school heads.