A total of 509,824 candidates from 16,060 basic schools will be sitting for this years’ Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) at 1,772 examination centres across the country, today, Monday, June 4, 2018,
The number consist of 263,295 males and the 246,529 females, representing an increase of 8.9 per cent over 468,060 in 2017, most of them will be apprehensive, as they are yet to get their choices of senior high schools (SHSs) fed into the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) system.
Parliament has urged the West African Examination Council (WAEC) to ensure that the exams run smoothly without any hitches.
Government officials are scheduled to tour some of the centres this morning.
Students who pass their BECE will qualify to pursue secondary education and will be the second batch of students to enjoy free Senior High School education.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has urged the public to be assured that candidates sitting for the exams will be allowed to select their preferred Senior High Schools under the school selection and placement policy despite the unusual delay.
According to the GES, the delay is a result of a new policy guideline it has introduced into the school selection policy
GES has said that candidates who sit for the exams will be given three weeks after their exams to select their schools.