This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) begins on Monday, June 16 with 422,946 final-year junior high school (JHS) students writing the examination.
The figure represents an increase of 31,864 over last year’s total number of 391,082.
The 2014 BECE candidates, who are from 12,562 public and private schools, are made
up of 223,765 males and 199,181 females.
They are expected to write the examination at 1,437 centers across the country.
Two papers will be written every day from June 16 to 20, 2014, with the English Language and Religious and Moral Education papers being written on the first day of the examination.
Breakdown of candidates
According to statistics made available to the Daily Graphic by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), 391,730 candidates will write the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) paper, while 171,274 candidates will write the French paper.
In the Brong Ahafo Region, 39,763 candidates are expected to write the examination at 147 centers; 21,728 male candidare and 18,000 female candidates.
News Hunter Magazine’s source from the Sunyani Senior High School (SUSEC) indicate that one of the candidate is pregnant for 8months. Candidates from the various schools were grouped to receive inspirations and motivations from their teachers before the start of the examination. Nana Yaw Effah a teacher at Bishop Lamer Anglican school told NHM that all is set and he belief the candidates will put what they learned from the class into use.
At Twene Amanfo Senior High School one the examination centers in Sunyani, Mr. Akuka Ibrahim the Chief Supervisor of the four centers who also doubles of the school indicates that 1005 candidates were expected to take the exam but 988 turned up; 512boys and 476 girls leaving 17 absentees of which 11 of them are girls and 6 boys.
REASONS WHY SOME OF THE CANDIDATES DID NOT SHOW UP
According to Mr. Akuka one of the boys is said to traveled abroad and a girl was reported to has left the house on Friday 13th of this month and has since not reported.
He said the where about of the rest and the reason behind their absence are yet to come to light.
“We will let you know as soon as we find out why they couldn’t turn up”, he said promisingly.
We wish all the candidates the best of luck
COMPILED BY: KOFI OPPONG KYEKYEKU & NONO EDEM