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WAEC Likely to Change Current BECE Format

Written by on July 8, 2024

John Kapi, the head of the Public Affairs Unit at the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has indicated that the current format of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is likely to evolve to meet Ghana’s evolving needs and demands.

In an interview with Bernard Avle on the Citi Breakfast Show on Citi FM, Mr. Kapi emphasized that WAEC has taken all necessary measures to ensure the exam’s integrity during the ongoing BECE.

Addressing the ongoing discussions about potential changes to the exam’s format, Mr. Kapi suggested that such changes could be influenced by Ghana’s increasing population and workforce requirements.

He stated, “There is always a possibility of changing the format depending on the population and the manpower needs of the country. So, it is conceivable that the format of the exam could change.

It is reported that the proposed Free SHS bill, which is yet to be presented to parliament, aims to abolish the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) as a requirement for admission to secondary school.

The bill proposes to overhaul the education system by separating junior high school (JHS) from basic school and integrating it into a six-year secondary education framework.

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum explained that upon passing the bill, SHS certification would become the primary formal academic qualification in the country, replacing the current BECE certification.

The minister underscored that the restructuring would establish a seamless six-year secondary education, with new schools hosting JHS and SHS students on the same campuses. Existing schools that currently accommodate both JHS and SHS students would continue this practice.

Mr. Kapi also urged all stakeholders involved in the examination to refrain from any form of malpractice.

“We have appealed to candidates, parents, guardians, teachers, and supervisors alike. We expect candidates not to bring any unauthorized materials to the exam hall, to work independently, and to refrain from seeking assistance from anyone inside or outside the examination hall. Smart watches and all electronic devices are prohibited from being brought into the exam hall.

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