WAEC explains the BECE National Grading System

Concerns about inconsistencies in the National Grading System for candidates who took the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) have been addressed by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

Several parents and schools have taken to social media since the 2022 BECE results were announced on January 25, 2023, complaining that their high-achieving pupils who performed well on mock tests earned lower grades in the BECE.

The head of WAEC’s legal department, Reverend Victor Brew, stated that the council has received complaints regarding this problem. However, he refuted the claim that the council purposefully reduced the grades of kids from private schools.

He claims that when private schools use their student population samples to assess their students’ performance, they frequently overlook the fact that when they take the BECE, they are competing against kids across the country.

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He continued by saying that while the top student in a given school might perform better on mock exams, they are probably going to get lesser grades than the top students nationwide.

He stressed that only the top 4% of students in any particular topic can obtain the highest mark, which is grade 1, according to national educational evaluation policy, which was not established by WAEC. For instance, when compared to the top students in the country, a student who achieves an 86% on mock examinations can be given a mark of 98–99%. To get a grade 1, the student must, nevertheless, fall within the 4% range.

He gave the public the reassurance that WAEC will work with schools to address their issues and clarify the grading methodology.


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