The 2018 private Basic Education Certificate Education (BECE) begins today 12 February 2018. The examination is written by Junior High School graduates who need to better their grades in some subjects.
The private BECE which was initiated 2015 gives students a second chance to write their exams unlike previous years where they could not pursue higher education because they failed to make the cut-off grades required to gain them admission into Senior High School (SHS).
The exam became necessary when the Ghana Education Service (GES) disclosed that just about 60 percent of BECE students make it to the next step of the academic ladder, which is the Senior High School (SHS). The rest who do not succeed either pursue vocational or technical training, while others get caught up not knowing what to do.
In response to concerns and calls from various stakeholders to give students who do not pass the exam at that level a chance, as done in the case of the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASCCE), the private BECE was introduced.
Registration of candidates was done online and candidates who failed their papers in previous BECE exams registered to re-write their papers.
Visually impaired and hearing impaired candidates, including those who are mute are given extra time to complete their papers.