WAEC warns schools not to commercialise WASSCE registration

Speaking to journalists in Accra, Teye-Cudjoe said the approved WAEC registration fee for entry in seven or eight subjects is GHC381.24

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has cautioned schools not to commercialise the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) registration as it opens the portal for the 2023 process to commence.

Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the head of public affairs at WAEC, issued this caution when she announced that the council has opened its portal for the 2023 WASSCE registration.

The portal will be closed on 19 April, 2023.

Speaking to journalists in Accra, Teye-Cudjoe said the approved WAEC registration fee for entry in seven or eight subjects is GHC381.24.

She said “this figure is exclusive of the fees for practical or oral tests which range between GHC14.50 and GHC19.50 per practical test.”

The Council has noted that some schools have commercialized the registration process and put out banners enticing prospective candidates to register for examinations in their schools with the promise of obtaining good grades.

It noted that some of these schools are charging between GHC1,200 and GHC6,750.

Teye-Cudjoe said this year’s WASSCE will be written from Monday, 31 July to Tuesday, 26 September.

Accurate timetable

She advised candidates to contact their schools or visit the WAEC website for the accurate timetable and to refrain from downloading timetables from unverified websites.

Touching on eligibility, Teye-Cudjoe said the examination is available for third-year students in Senior High Schools. She said it is against the rules and regulations of the examination council to register ‘remedial’ students who have previously written the WASSCE and joined some private schools in form three for examination purposes only.

She said “such students are being advised to register for the WASSCE for private candidates which has been specifically designed for remedial students and offers them the opportunity to register for the number of subjects they wish to take.”

Teye-Cudjoe emphasised that it is against the examination’s rules and regulations to register students who have not enrolled in SHS from their first year through to the third year and do not have the required continuous assessment records.

She said “the grading for the WASSCE is 70% external examination score and 30% continuous assessment score. Students who, for one reason or the other, transferred from one school to the other school should have evidence of the necessary continuous assessment records.”

She said the council has held briefing sessions nationwide for authorities of 978 schools who are expected to present candidates for the examination.

She urged school authorities to correct the spellings and arrange names in the right order.

They should confirm the dates of birth of candidates before the finalization of the registration process, capture candidates’ photographs showing his or her face without sunglasses or spectacles with both ears clearly shown and the registration of candidates for the right subjects.

She stated that the council would make test accommodation arrangements for candidates who cannot not be assessed by the standard procedures set out because of disability or special educational needs.

She said the request for access arrangements for special needs candidates with accompanying medical reports should be forwarded to the council by Tuesday, 2 May.

Teye-Cudjoe said the council has inspected schools that requested accreditation to enable them to present candidates for the examination.

BECE timetable

She said this year’s BECE will be written from Monday, 7 August to Friday, 11 August.

She stated that the council will hold briefing sessions for all stakeholders who will be involved in the registration of candidates from Tuesday, 21 March to Friday, 24 March 24.

She added that the portal for the registration of eligible candidates will be opened from Monday, 27 March to Friday, 28 April.

She appealed to all candidates to ensure that their bio data is captured accurately and that they are registered for the correct subjects.

She urged school authorities to ensure that they register candidates for the correct Ghanaian language and Basic Design Technology options.

She cautioned heads of schools against the registration of unqualified candidates saying the practice can lead to “nullification of a candidate’s results.”

She urged all stakeholders to ensure smooth registration of eligible candidates for this year’s WAEC examinations.




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