Students from around Ghana have united in a demand that the West African Examinations Council disclose students’ withheld BECE results and scripts as soon as possible so that the Ghana Education Service can announce their school placement. This demand comes from the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS).
In an interview with the Daily Graphic, NUGS General Secretary Ismail Tuohesung Issahaque urged WAEC to guarantee that the 22,270 students whose 2023 BECE results were delayed would not face any form of punishment that would prohibit them from completing their secondary education.
If there was an optional penalty, Issahaque stated, WAEC should choose it rather than remove the children from school. He also said that no one other than the people whose job it was to oversee the students should be able to impose punishment on them.
At the same time, a representative from the non-profit WAEC has said that this week their group will begin meeting with students whose scripts are being reviewed due to allegations of widespread cheating.
If the results of these students are not finalized and released, it will be difficult for school placements to be released.
From Monday, August 7, 2023, to Friday, August 11, 2023, a grand total of 600,714 students from 18,993 junior high schools took part in the 2023 BECE for School Candidates. This included 300,323 males and 300,391 girls.
The total number of candidates who entered the 2023 BECE for Private Candidates was 1,743. There are 854 females and 889 males in this group. The entry figure for 2022 was 1,132, therefore this year’s figure is 5.4% higher.
There were a total of 2,137 testing locations for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for school-aged students in 2023, with an additional 15 locations utilized for private-sector applicants, mostly in regional capitals.
A grand number of 21,027 invigilators, 2,137 supervisors, and 2,000 supervisors were assigned the responsibility of overseeing the administration of the 2023 BECE for school and private.
In a related development, the school placement checkers are expected to be released for sale on Thursday, November 23, 2023.