Proposed Changes to BECE Format and Education System in Ghana

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John Kapi, the head of WAEC’s Public Affairs Unit, has disclosed that adjustments to the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) format are imminent, driven by Ghana’s evolving needs.

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In an interview on Citi FM’s Citi Breakfast Show with Bernard Avle, Mr. Kapi assured that WAEC has taken measures to maintain the integrity of the ongoing BECE.

Mr. Kapi highlighted ongoing discussions about potentially altering the exam structure to align with Ghana’s growing population and workforce requirements. He emphasized the flexibility to adapt the exam format accordingly.

Additionally, plans are underway to introduce a Free SHS bill aimed at replacing BECE with SHS certification as the primary entry requirement for secondary education. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, explaining the bill, emphasized its goal to integrate JHS into a unified six-year secondary education framework. This restructuring aims to ensure a seamless educational pathway and promote co-location of JHS and SHS students on school campuses.

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Mr. Kapi stressed the importance of stakeholders in the BECE process refraining from malpractice, urging candidates, parents, guardians, teachers, and supervisors to uphold exam integrity by avoiding unauthorized materials in exam halls.

These proposed changes aim to modernize Ghana’s education system, aligning it with current needs while maintaining exam credibility and fairness.

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