The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) after it was unable to send the materials for the conduct of BECE to Sekyere Afram Plains in the Ashanti Region after the Sene River overflew its banks has resorted to Zipline drones to deliver the examination items.
Director of Education in the Sekyere Afram Plains District, Prince Owusu Ansah speaking to journalists said the drones produced by Zipline will be used throughout the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) period.
“Throughout the week, we will be writing the exams, and the drones will be dropping the questions for the candidates to write. And we are going to keep them at the Anyinam police station under tight security.
At the end of the examination on Friday, August 11, 2023, we are praying that the road will be better, the water would have subsided, and we will carry all the scripts by road to the depot at Mampong,” Mr Prince Ansah said.
A total of 600,714 candidates, comprising 300,323 males and 300,391 females from 18,993 Junior High Schools (JHSs) are participating in the ongoing national examination scheduled to end on Friday, 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.
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 4 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.