No Mobile Phone in Exam Hall… HNO Warns
As candidates are preparing to sit the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) from 24th June to 3rd July, 2013, in 201 examination centres throughout the country, the Head of the National Office (HNO) West African Examination Council (WAEC), Tower Hill, Mr. Sheriff Sapateh, has warned all candidates not to carry mobile phones into the examination hall as it is an offence.
Mr. Sapateh gave the warning during a press conference in his office at Tower Hill in Freetown. The press conference was part of the on-going preparation for this year’s BECE Examination.
He urged the candidates to be calm and confident and to behave themselves in accordance with the rules and regulations of the examination one of which, he said, is that no candidate should share or borrow materials in the examination hall.
The HNO defined BECE as achievement tests designed with selection criteria to enable pupils to proceed to the Senior Secondary School.
He informed that this year’s examination has a candidate entry of 76,000 from 672 Junior Secondary Schools. This entry figure represents a decrease of 8.32% as against 82.912 in 2012 in 571 schools.
The candidate entries by region and gender are as follows:Northern Region entered 23,295 candidates, 13,670 boy and 9,625 girls Western Area entered 26,201candidates, 13,853 boys and 12, 648 girls Southern Region registered 11,737 candidates, 6,737 boys and 5,000 girls East registered 14, 477 candidates, 7, 798 boys and 6,679 girls.
Mr. Sapateh revealed that from the candidate entry, there are ten visually challenged candidates, six from the Western Area, two from the North and two from the South.
He said candidates will be examined in 19 subjects as spelt out in the BECE syllabus, adding that each candidate is required to offer 8 subjects i.e 4 compulsory core, 2 optional core and 2 electives.
The HNO assured the public that the examination materials will arrive in good time to all centres within the country to enhance a smooth start of the examination.
Mr. Sapateh disclosed that a total number of 1,900 invigilators and 402 supervisors will be involved in the supervision and invigilation of the examination countrywide.
“In addition, we have also recruited retired principals as examination agents to participate in the monitoring of the examination both in the Western Area and the Provinces,” he said, furthering that they have also called on the officials of the Local Councils, Ministry of Education officials in the Western Area and Deputy District Directors in the regions to be involved in monitoring the conduct of the examination. Mr. Sapateh encouraged parents to support their children by providing the necessary materials such as pens, pencils, rulers, geometrical sets and erasers for the examination.
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