According to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), candidates for the BECE who’d been deemed to have enrolled improperly will be disqualified.
The Council came across this information after learning that some parents illegally transferred their kids from private to public schools in order to register them even though they had not yet finished their JHS schooling.
Moreover, certain parents collude with the heads of several public and private schools to register their children, who are in JHS 1 or 2, with the graduating class of the registering school.
The WAEC views both situations as offenses if they are discovered, the unqualified applicant can have their results nullified. Whereas the institution, if public, is reported to the Ghana Education Service (GES) for disciplinary action to be taken against it, and when it is a private school, it might get de-recognized as an examination center.
The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC Wendy Enyonam Addy-Lamptey stated, “We will be picking up data the year before, so once we pick up the data and give all these candidates unique numbers, in their final year you can only register them with these unique numbers.”
She mentioned exam cheating in the examination hall and indicated that WAEC would reintroduce the serialization of questions from the previous year.
Mrs. Addy-Lamptey urged candidates to stay away from websites that claimed to have validated WAEC questions. thus relying on such services, which are unable to determine which of the versions a candidate is using, could endanger their future.
It is anticipated that the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will start on August 7 and run through August 11 nationwide.