2024 BECE starts today with a total of 569,095 candidates

There are 569,095 candidates for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), which will begin today, Monday, July 8.

Head of Public Affairs at the WAEC National Office, Mr. John K. Kapi, stated that candidates were anticipated to write the English Language exam on July 8 and complete the Arabic portion of the test by Monday, July 15, 2024.

He added that of all the candidates who took the BECE, there were 282 648 men and 286 447 women, and 19,506 schools took part in the test.

“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.

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“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.

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.”

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

He claimed that the District Education Offices around the nation had received exam stationery from the Council, including objective response cards, answer booklets, and pencils. In order to include everyone, it also included accommodations for applicants with social education requirements.

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