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2024 BECE starts today with 569,095 candidates

This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) starts today, with a total of 569,095 candidates.

Mr John K Kapi, Head of Public Affairs, WAEC National Office, said the candidates were expected to write English Language on July 8, and finish the examination with Arabic by Monday, July 15, 2024.

He said out of the total number of candidates sitting for the BECE, 282, 648 were males and 286,447, females, with 19,506 schools participating in the examinations.

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“This figure represents a decrease of 5.29 per cent compared to the 2023 entry figure of 600,900.”

Mr. Kapi stated that the examination would be administered in 2,123 locations around the nation, with 2,123 supervisors, 1,889 assistant supervisors, and 19,973 invigilators on duty to ensure smooth exercise.

He said school candidates would be examined based on the newly introduced Common Core Curriculum, while private candidates would be examined on the old syllabus.

“As part of arrangements for the smooth conduct of the examination, the Guidelines, Scheme and Structure of the examination with same questions were developed and circulated to all heads of school. Interested stakeholders can also visit our website to have access to them,” he said.

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Mr Kapi said in the case of the private candidates, the Council registered 1,366 candidates, out of which 735 were males and 631 were females.

“This year’s figure is less by 25.7 percent compared with the 2023 entry figure of 1,839. Fifteen (15) centres mainly in the regional capitals will be used for the BECE for private candidates.”

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Mr Kapi said the Council had organised sensitisation programmes to educate candidates on the rules and regulations governing the examination.

He said the Council had also distributed examination stationery such as objective answer cards, answer booklets, pencils, among others, to District Education Offices throughout the country.

It also made provisions for candidates with social educational needs not to leave anyone out.

Source: GNA

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