The Ghana Education Service (GES) has moved swiftly to address rumors surrounding the cancellation of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for junior high school students.
In a recent stakeholder engagement on the grading system organized by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), the Director General of GES, Dr. Eric Nkansah, clarified that the BECE will persist despite curriculum changes.
GES clarified that the transition from the old objectives-based curriculum to the standards-based curriculum is not indicative of the BECE’s discontinuation.
While the nature and form of the examination may experience alterations, reports suggesting the cancellation of the BECE are entirely false.
“We are not cancelling the BECE,” emphasized Dr. Eric Nkansah. “What is causing confusion among some individuals is our shift from the old objectives-based curriculum to the standards-based curriculum. This transition does not imply that students under the standards-based curriculum will be exempted from taking the BECE. They will still participate, albeit with possible changes to the examination’s structure. Therefore, it is important not to spread the misconception that the BECE is being eliminated.”