The 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination started today, Monday, June 4, with candidates writing their first two papers.
With the start of the exam, the West African Examination Council (WAEC) has cautioned candidates to be wary of operators of rogue websites who peddle fake examinations papers as authentic ones.
“Candidates are also cautioned against engaging in any examination malpractice of any form, especially collusion, which is prevalent at the BECE,” it said.
In all, 509,824 candidates from 16,060 schools will write the examination in 1,772 centres throughout the country.
In a statement signed by Mrs Agnes Teye- Cudjoe, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, for the Head of the National Office of WAEC, the Council said collusion could be detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) in their objective tests, or in their script during marking.
The council has therefore urged all stakeholders, especially supervisors and invigilators, to safeguard the integrity of the examination. It assured the public that all the necessary measures had been put in place to ensure that the examinations were conducted successfully.
“The Council wishes all candidates success in their papers and reminds them they can pass their examination without cheating.”
The examination which will end on June 8, 2016, has a candidature of 263,295 males and 246,529 females.