This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for Private Candidates last Friday ended across the country with candidates sure of success in the examination.
They said although they found some of the examination questions tough, they were able to answer most of them and thus confident of passing successfully.
The candidates who commended the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for introducing the examination to create access for them to go to senior high school, said this in separate interviews after writing the last paper of the examination; Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
A total of 2,505 candidates, made up of 1,553 males and 952 females, registered to write the 2019 examination, which was the fifth since its inception in 2015.
One candidate, Miss Joycelyn Afriyie who said it was her first time writing the BECE, noted that her main objective for writing the examination was to go to SHS.
“I have been working and wanted to try the examination and see if it would be possible to get to SHS. From what I have written I think I would make it,” she said.
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Another candidate, Dennis Agbatse, 21, said he wanted to have an education certificate from an English speaking country to pursue his objective in life, after going through the French educational system while in Togo.
“I want to join the army and so was asked to come and write the BECE to get a certificate and go to SHS, that is why I came here,” he said.
Miss Emerald Brooks, 22, said although she could not go to SHS in 2011 after completing the BECE due to financial reasons, indicated that the free SHS programme was a fine opportunity for her to pursue her dream of becoming an actress or a journalist.
“If successful I would like to go to St Mary’s SHS at Korle Gonno for my second cycle education,” she explained.
Master Augustine Dei, 20, also said he was motivated by the free SHS policy to write the Private BECE after dropping out of SHS while in Form 1 in 2015 as a result of financial problems.
“I want to become a journalist or a policeman in future. I want to encourage people like me to do the same by writing the Private BECE,” he advised.
The Supervisor of this year’s Private BECE at the WAEC Heights in Accra, Mr Timothy Quaye, commended the candidates for comporting themselves during the examination.
“We did not have any problem and everything was okay,” he said.
In 2015, 1,181 candidates sat the maiden examination while 1,418 candidates wrote in 2016, with 1,379 writing in 2017. A whopping number of 11,815 candidates wrote the examination last year.