The Basic Education Certificate Examination, BECE is one of the national examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council,WAEC, and is restricted to the specific member countries. These examinations are developed to reflect the local policies, needs and aspirations of the countries. Beginning today, 468,053 candidates comprising 241,148 males and 226,905 females from public and private Junior High Schools will write the 2017 BECE at 1,702 examination centres nationwide. The examinations which will end on Friday also has fifty- seven blind candidates who will be tested in subjects including English and Ghanaian Languages, Social Studies, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Basic Design and Technology as well as Religious and Moral Studies.
The 2017 BECE candidates are therefore expected to demonstrate their knowledge or ability and or to see how much they know about the subject or what they can do. The examination is both for certification and selection to senior high school (SHS). Whilst wishing all candidates God’s guidance and protection to crown their years of learning with resounding success, the Ministry of Education encourages each one of them to remain strong and do the best they can during the examinations. Students should therefore desist from any form of examination malpractices. These are sending foreign materials like mobile phones into the examination hall, communicating with their colleagues whilst writing a paper, seeking assistance from the examination invigilators and supervisors, tearing of question papers and answer booklets and soliciting assistance from their colleagues. This because the consequences of examination malpractices are costly? Those caught would either have to re-write the affected subjects or have the entire results cancelled. One can also be banned for life from writing the examination.
Additionally, prosecution processes may be initiated against a culprit or culprits depending on the gravity of the offence. The Ministry of Education urges all candidates to conduct themselves properly in accordance with the rules and regulations governing the conduct of the examinations in order to enhance the credibility of outcomes.
Indeed, the Ministry has every confidence that candidates have applied themselves diligently to their studies and are well prepared for the examinations. Supervisors and inspectors need to ensure that the needed serene atmosphere is created and maintained throughout the duration of the examinations. At stake now is for all to put their shoulders to the wheel to maintain the credibility of the results of the BECE. Once again, the Ministry wishes all candidates the very best in the examinations.
BY DAN OSMAN MWIN, HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION