A total of 372 , 826 candidates from 10, 570 junior high schools ( JHS ) will write this year ’ s Basic Education Certificate Examination ( BECE ) from April 11, 2011 , despite changes to the 2010/2011 academic year calendar .
The candidates, comprising 202 ,541 males and 170 , 284 females, will be supervised by 1, 298 invigilators. They will write the examination at 1 , 298 centres throughout the country .
The management of the Ghana Education Service ( GES) has accordingly shifted the vacation and re – opening dates for the second and third terms for all basic schools for this academic year .
“ We have realised that most of the teachers would take part in the invigilation for the BECE , and they are also going to use most of the classrooms for the examination , ” the Public Relations Officer of the GES, Mr Charles Parker- Allotey , told the Daily Graphic .
He said the new vacation date for the second term of this academic year had been changed from April 14 to April 7, 2011, adding that the re – opening date of the third term had also been changed from May 10 to May 3 , 2011 . Mr Parker -Allotey explained that the changes in the academic calendar would not affect academic work since the loss in period for vacation in the second term had been catered for in the third term.
According to statistics for the 2011 BECE made available to the Daily Graphic , the Ashanti Region has the highest number of candidates of 41, 073 followed by the Greater Accra Region with 32, 605 and the Western Region with 21, 127 .
The others are : Central Region, 21, 033 candidates; Eastern Region, 20, 804 candidates; Brong Ahafo Region, 19 , 442 candidates; Northern Region, 16 , 643 candidates; Volta Region, 16 ,192 candidates; Upper East Region, 8 , 557 candidates and Upper West Regional, 5, 065 candidates.