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BASIC EDUCATION CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION

1. INTRODUCTIONThis examination is both for certification and selection to Senior High Schools and Technical Institutions.

2. ELIGIBILITY

Candidates in the third year of Junior High Schools approved by the Ghana Education Service are eligible to take part in this examination.

3. DATE OF EXAMINATION

The examination is conducted nationwide in June each year.

4. ENTRY PERIOD AND DOCUMENTS

The entry period is October/November each year and  it normally takes six weeks. Participating Schools upload their Statement of Entries and School Choice Files on the internet for processing. Continuous Assessment Scores are however submitted on CD's to the Council

5. SUBJECTS FOR THE EXAMINATION

The following are the subjects for the Basic Education Certificate Examination:

  • English Language
  • Ghanaian Language and Culture
  • Social Studies
  • Integrated Science
  • Mathematics
  • Basic Design and Technology
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • French (optional)
  • Religious and Moral Education

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6. GRADING OF CANDIDATES

Candidates are graded based on performance in the external examination (objective and written) and Continuous (Internal) Assessment marks provided by the schools. A nine-point scale is used in grading the candidates with Grade 1 denoting the highest performance and Grade 9 the lowest.

7. RELEASE OF RESULTS

The results of the examination are released in August to enable successful and qualified candidates enter Senior High Schools and Technical Institutes at the beginning of the academic year in September. The results lists are sent to the participating schools, whilst each candidate receives a statement of results through his/her school.

8. SELECTION OF CANDIDATES TO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

Candidates are selected to Senior High Schools by the Computerized School Selection and Placement System (CSSPS).

9. REVIEW OF SCRIPTS

Scripts are kept for three months after the release of results before they are finally destroyed. During this time, review of scripts for a fee is allowed and this is done at the instance of the Head of school or an accredited representative of the school since the Basic Education Certificate Examination is a school-based examination. The Council by policy does not undertake review of scripts at the instance of candidates, parents, guardians or persons claiming to act "in loco parentis".

10. CERTIFICATES

Certificates for successful candidates are produced within a month after results are released. They are sent to the schools for collection by individual candidates. Certificates are produced once, and so certificates which get lost or damaged after collection are not replaced.

11. CONFIRMATION OF RESULTS

Candidates who lose their certificates may confirm their results to prospective employers and educational institutions.

For further information see CONFIRMATION OF RESULTS.

All enquires about the Basic Education Certificate Examination may be (directed to the National Examination Administration Department, Telephone Numbers: 233-0302- 685917, 233-0302- 685947, 233-0302- 685986

 

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