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WASSCE 2023: Over 447,000 Candidates Begin Exams as WAEC Sends Good Wishes

WAEC Summons more than 2,000 Candidates over Exam Malpractice

The 2023 Ghana Only Version of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates (WASSCE-SC) commences today in Ghana, featuring project works in Basketry, Ceramics, and Graphic Design.

A total of 447,204 candidates, comprising 211,834 males and 235,370 females, will sit for the examination across 834 centers throughout the country.

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This year’s candidature has increased by 24,321 compared to last year, reaching 447,204 from 422,883. The examination includes final-year students from 975 second cycle schools and marks the second time it is taking place in Ghana.

The examination will be closely supervised, with 834 supervisors, 2,243 assistant supervisors, and 14,907 invigilators overseeing the process.

Ghanaian candidates are sitting for the Ghana-only WASSCE-SC for the second consecutive time due to other member countries of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) – Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia – returning to the May/June calendar and conducting the WASSCE for their school candidates.

These countries have aligned their academic calendars to accommodate the May/June examination, while Ghana maintains the ‘new normal’ calendar introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Wendy Enyonam Addy-Lamptey, wishes the candidates success and cautions them against cheating, which could result in the withholding of their papers for further investigation.

She urges parents and school authorities to advise their children and students not to bring mobile phones into the examination halls.

The regional breakdown of candidates shows that the Ashanti Region has the highest number of candidates at 107,061, followed by the combined number of 65,731 from the Ahafo, Bono, and Bono East regions.

The Eastern Region comes third with 60,516 candidates, while the Central Region has 54,084 candidates.

The examination timetable indicates that all candidates will take the Oral English examination on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, followed by Social Studies on Monday, August 28, 2023.

English Language will be on Thursday, September 7, 2023, and Mathematics on Thursday, September 14, 2023. Integrated Science is scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2023, and the examination concludes on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, with Literature-In-English (Drama & Poetry), Jewellery, and Woodwork.

Visually impaired and hearing impaired candidates are allowed one and a half times the time allotted to other candidates for the examination.

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has revised its rules and regulations for dealing with irregularities in the council’s examinations, including the WASSCE and the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).

These rules cover actions such as posting live questions on the Internet, refusing timely access to school premises, and misconduct by examination officials.

The government has released GH¢50.5 million to WAEC to organize both the WASSCE-SC and this year’s BECE, scheduled for August 7-11, 2023.

The BECE will be written simultaneously by over 600,000 candidates from both public schools and private institutions.

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