The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced the release of provisional BECE results for candidates who took part in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for both School and Private Candidates in 2023.
However, the examination body is currently conducting thorough scrutiny of the scripts of 22,270 BECE candidates in certain subjects due to reported cases of mass cheating.
The fate of these candidates’ results will depend on the outcome of the investigations.
In an official release, WAEC disclosed that subject BECE results of 312 school candidates and three private candidates have been cancelled for bringing foreign materials into the examination hall or colluding with other candidates.
Additionally, the entire results of 41 school candidates and one private candidate have been cancelled for the possession of mobile phones during the examination.
WAEC has also withheld the subject results of 180 school candidates and four private candidates for various suspected offences.
Furthermore, the entire results of 110 school candidates and two private candidates are being withheld for similar suspected offences.
The results for school candidates will be sent to their respective schools through the Metropolitan/Municipal/District Directors of Education, while private candidates can access their results on the Council’s official website, www.waecgh.org.
For the first time, school candidates also have the option to check their results online on the Council’s website.
A total of 600,900 candidates participated in the examination, including 300,404 males and 300,496 females from 18,993 participating schools.
This figure encompasses candidates with visual and hearing impairments, as well as those with other special educational needs.
The examination was conducted at 2,137 centres across the country, with 3,366 candidates recorded as absent.
The BECE for Private Candidates had an entry figure of 1,839 candidates, comprising 942 males and 897 females.
Fifteen centres, mostly in regional capitals, were utilized for the examination, with 61 candidates marked as absent.
After investigations into irregularities detected during the examination and marking of scripts, the 34th Meeting of the Final Awards and Examiners’ Appointment Committee for BECE, held on Monday, November 6, 2023, approved the aforementioned decisions.
WAEC has urged all stakeholders to remain vigilant against fraudsters who promise to upgrade results for a fee, emphasizing the security and authenticity of WAEC results.
The Council expressed its sincere gratitude to stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service, Security Agencies, Heads of School, Supervisors, Invigilators, Examiners, and all who contributed to the successful conduct of the examination and the release of results.