Over 461, 000 students take part in BECE today

Over 461, 000 candidates from 14,267 public and private Junior High Schools will today take part in the Basic Education Certificate Examination, (BECE).

The week long exams is expected to end on Friday, June 17, 2016.

The candidates including 239,963 males and 221,050 females, would take part in the examination to be supervised by over 15,600 invigilators.

According to WAEC, 57 visually impaired candidates would also take part in the examination.

It said the Council had also secured the services of 1,598 supervisors and 1,515 assistant supervisors.

In 2015, about five papers were cancelled due to widespread leakages.

However, WAEC has assured that adequate security measures have been put in place to ensure that this year’s exams are conducted safely.

WAEC has promised to fly the BECE questions papers to the various regions while personnel from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) distribute them.

The Director General of the GES, Jacob Kor, said the move forms part of its measures to avert examination leaks.

“Arrangements have been concluded with the Ghana Police Service and the Bureau of National Investigations to help provide effective security and quality control monitoring mechanisms throughout the period of the examinations.”

“Right from the time the question papers are carried from the depot, there is going to be BNI personnel accompanying the questions,” Mr. Kor said.