With a total of 600,714 candidates, comprising 300,323 boys and 300,391 girls from 18,993 Junior High Schools participating in the national examination, the 33rd edition of BECE for School and Private Candidates will start from Monday, August 7, 2023, to August 11, 2023.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) amid low entries in registration of BECE for Private Candidates this academic year will conduct both the 2023 BECE for School and BECE for Private Candidates at the same time.
The number of candidates that registered for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School according to the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) is 8.8% higher than the 2022 entry figure of 552,276.
With regard to 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 BECE 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,” WAEC said in a post sighted by AcademicWeek.com.
For BECE School and Private candidates, 21 subjects, comprising 5 Core and 16 Electives will be made available to them. In addition to the 5 Core subjects, the School candidates will be given the option of choosing four Electives to make a maximum of 9 subjects.
To ensure the smooth and successful conduct of the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), 2,137 supervisors, 2,000 supervisors and 21,027 invigilators will oversee the administration of the School examination.
The Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum following the conduct of the 33rd edition of BECE has expressed his heartfelt wishes of luck and encouragement to all candidates sitting for the BECE slated for Monday, August 7, 2023.
“I urge you all to refrain from examination malpractices and rather stay confident, stay focused and believe in yourself and your capabilities. You are capable of achieving great things and this exam is just one step towards a promising future
To the teachers, parents and everyone supporting these bright minds, thank you for your unwavering guidance and encouragement. Together, we are shaping the future leaders of our nation,” Adutwum said in a social media post.