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WAEC releases provisional results of BECE

Accra, Aug. 21, GNA – The West African
Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the provisional results of candidates
who sat for the 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

It said this was 25 days earlier than last
year and that the Council was in the process of dispatching the results to the
schools through the Municipal/District Directors of Education.

The results were announced in a statement
signed by Mrs Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, and copied
to the Ghana News Agency on Monday.

The statement said, meanwhile, the Council had
posted the results online and candidates, who so desired, may access their
results online at the Council’s website.

It said a total of 468,060 candidates, made up
of 241,154 males and 226,906 females sat for the examination, representing 1.53
per cent higher than that of the previous year.

The candidates were from 15,185 schools and
the examination was administered at 1,702 centres, the statement said, adding
that out of those who initially registered for the examination, 3,315 (0.71 per
cent) were absent.

It said Stanine grading system was used for
the BECE with Grade 1 as the highest and Grade 9 as the lowest adding; “It must
be noted that with this grading system, there are no failures in BECE.”

The statement said the subject results of
1,298 candidates, which was 0.28 per cent of the total candidature, have been
withheld and that this excluded the subject results of candidates who were
detected by the Item Differentia Profile (IDP) software to have cheated in the
objective tests.

“The withheld results will be released after
the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice
detected during and after the conduct of the Examination,” it said.

The statement advised candidates to do
independent work in the examination hall and avoid seeking any form of illegal
assistance as such acts would be detected and sanctions applied accordingly.

It expressed its deepest appreciation to all
stakeholders, especially the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education
Service, supervisors, invigilators, the Ghana Police Service, examiners and all
who, in various ways, helped in the successful conduct of the Examination and
the timeous release of results.

GNA

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