BECE 2024: Candidates to write 3 New Subjects

BECE 2024: To be written for 6 days instead of 5 days - WAEC

In this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for School Candidates, final-year junior high school (JHS) students across the country will encounter three new subjects.

According to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), these subjects include Career Technology, Creative Art and Design, and Arabic. Career Technology and Creative Art and Design, derived from the previous Basic Design and Technology (BDT) curriculum, will be mandatory for all candidates.

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However, Arabic will be an optional subject for candidates in Islamic basic schools.

As a result of these additions, the examination period will be extended to six days instead of the usual five, spanning from Monday, July 8, 2024, to the following Monday, July 15, 2024.

John Kapi, the Head of Public Affairs of WAEC, explained that new subjects can be introduced at any time, as the examination is solely Ghanaian, allowing the government to dictate the curriculum and examination content.

Kapi confirmed that WAEC has completed candidate registration and is now finalizing the breakdown of candidates across different subjects. The council has also concluded all related meetings and distributed sample questions to schools and its website.

Regarding Arabic, Kapi noted that it will be examined at the BECE for the first time. He described it as an elective subject, available for those proficient in Arabic who seek certification.

The official timetable released by WAEC indicates that English Language and Religious and Moral Education will be written on Monday, July 8, 2024. Science and Computing (formerly Information, Communication and Technology) will follow on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, while Social Studies and Creative Art and Design are scheduled for Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

Mathematics and Ghanaian Language are slated for Thursday, July 11, 2024, with French and Career Technology on Friday, July 12, 2024. Arabic will be the last subject, scheduled for Monday, July 15, 2024.

Before registration, the Ghana Education Service outlined mandatory subjects including English Language, Mathematics, General Science, Social Studies, Religious and Moral Education, Career Technology, and Creative Art and Design. Ghanaian languages were classified as elective subjects, with French, Arabic, and Computing as optional subjects.

This year’s BECE candidates will be the first cohort to undergo examination under the Common Core Curriculum. WAEC highlighted that school and private candidates will undergo different examination processes due to the curriculum’s introduction.

The curriculum aims to enhance learning experiences by shifting away from rote memorization towards critical learning skills acquisition.

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