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BECE For Private Candidates Official Registration Date And Guidelines

In a release on the website of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) officially released the registration dates and guidelines for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates who failed to make the grade for admission to senior high schools (SHSs) and technical institutes this year. The release detailed the registration date for the BECE For Private Candidates, an overview of the procedures to be used to register for the BECE For Private Candidates, the scope of the exams as well as documents needed for the BECE For Private Candidates. The release read as follows.





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BECE For Private Candidates Official Registration Date

The West African Examinations Council wishes to inform members of the public that the registration for the Basic Education Certificate Examination for Private Candidates, begins on 14th October and ends on 30th November .


BECE For Private Candidates Overview Of Registration Procedures

Candidates are advised to read the Manual for Registration available on the website before proceeding to register. Registration for the examination is biometric and online for all candidates.

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Candidates are required to capture their fingerprints at internet cafés with the requisite equipment to begin registration. Candidates may continue the registration process on their own after the capture of fingerprints. Without the fingerprints of the bona fide candidate, the registration is null and void.

Upon submission of their entries online, candidates should print an invoice that they would submit to a participating bank to effect payment by cash. They may also pay directly from their mobile money account by dialing the shortcode *944#.  


Scope Of The BECE For Private Candidates                                                                                       

The examination is open to Re-sitters – i.e. candidates who previously sat for BECE but could not make the required grade(s).  A Re-sitter must provide an index number for the last sitting and the year of the examination.


The Council wishes to caution all prospective Candidates that it is illegal for School Candidates (JHS students) to enter for the BECE for Private Candidates.


Documents Needed For The BECE For Private Candidates

The following documents will be available online at the time of registration:

  • Notes for the Guidance of Candidates
  • Directions to Candidates
  • Timetable
  • Fee Schedule

Candidates are advised to read the entire Manual for Registration carefully and follow the instructions. They are also requested to make payments directly to participating banks or through mobile money and not through internet café operators.

The Council urges all candidates to avoid mistakes in their bio-data as requests for change of date of birth will not be entertained after the release of results.


  1. Please am in jhs two and I want to register for the private bece

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