Akufo-Addo urges BECE candidates to eschew any form of exam malpractices; tells them to stay focused

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended his heartfelt best wishes to all candidates of the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

The President in his message to them said that this is a significant milestone in their educational journey, and further expressed his confidence in the ability of the candidates to succeed.

“I urge you all to eschew any form of examination malpractices. Honesty and integrity are values that will serve you well throughout your lives. Approach each paper with a clear mind, answer the questions to the best of your ability, and trust in the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the years,” the President said.

The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) announced that all the necessary measures had been put in place for the 2024 BECE for final-year Junior High School students in Ghana.

Speaking at a press briefing in Accra, on Friday, July 5, 2024, the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, John Kabi, said that the 2024 BECE would commence on Monday, July 8, 2024, with English Language and end on Monday, July 15, 2024, with Arabic.

He said that in all, nearly 57,000 candidates would be taking part in the examination which would be held at over 2,000 centres across the country.

“At the end of the registration period, a total of 569,095 candidates, made up of 282,648 males and 286,447 females from 19,506 participating schools had registered for the school examination. This figure represents a decrease of 5.29% compared to the 2023 entry figure of 600,900. The examination will be held in 2,123 centres across the country. A total of 2,123 supervisors, 1,889 assistant supervisors and 19,973 invigilators have been engaged to ensure the smooth conduct of the examination.

“In respect of BECE for Private Candidates, 1,366 candidates, comprising 735 males and 631 females registered for the examination. This year’s figure is less by 25.7% 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,” he said.

Below is President Akufo-Addo’s full message to the candidates…

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO TO BECE CANDIDATES

Dear Candidates,

As you prepare to sit for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), I want to extend my heartfelt best wishes to each and every one of you. This is a significant milestone in your educational journey, and I am confident in your ability to succeed.

I urge you all to eschew any form of examination malpractices. Honesty and integrity are values that will serve you well throughout your lives. Approach each paper with a clear mind, answer the questions to the best of your ability, and trust in the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the years.

Remember, your hard work and dedication have brought you this far, and a bright future awaits. With the Free Senior High School (SHS) policy, every one of you has the opportunity to continue your education and pursue your dreams.

Stay focused, remain calm, and give it your best effort. The nation is behind you, and we are all proud of the young men and women you are becoming.

Best of luck to you all!

Sincerely,

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo President of the Republic of Ghana

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