Cut-off point for BECE is in the news again. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum whiles granting an interview on Pure 95.7 FM monitored by GhanaEducation.Org in 2020 disclosed that “the past administrations introduced the cut-off point which was aggregate 25 to contain enrollment in Senior High Schools.”
Since the current government took over the administration of Ghana, the cut-off point has been removed, making it possible for students who obtain up to aggregate of 48 to be admitted into SHS.
All the key details he gave are still relevant as far as the 2021 BECE examination is concern.
These are some of the key changes introduced to ensure even students will write the 2021 BECE gain admission into Senior High Schools.
Since 2017, the Akuffo Addo-led government has scrapped the famous BECE cut-off point or pass mark for admission into Senior High Schools.
This was to ensure all students who complete Junior High School get the chance to access secondary education and Free Senior High School (Free SHS) for that matter.
This brought a sigh of relief to many students, and the 2020 batch of BECE will not be an exception. Those who wrote the BECE this year are expected to go through the admission based on their raw score without any hindrance however, nearly every year, some set of students fail to gain admission for failing Mathematics or Integrated Science.
The minister during the interview furthered that previous governments opted for the cut-off point as a result of insufficient facilities.
He added that the NPP-led government is dealing with the inefficiencies to ensure all BECE candidates who complete basic school and write the Basic Education Certificate Examination have a high chance of gaining admission into Senior High School to enjoy Free SHS.
“There was never a qualification other than what was called cut-off, and the cut-off was based on space availability, but for now, there is no pass mark” He added.
In his submission, he explained that the cut-off point did not mean a basic school graduate has failed the exams but rather it was about the insufficient space in the nearly 721 public senior high schools in the country.
“The aggregate 25 cut-off point situation wasn’t so much about you have failed the examination, it was about there is no space for you”, he added.
To deal with the cut-off point and increase accessibility, the ministry opted for the double-track system currently implemented by the GES and MoE. This system has ensured that candidates who complete JHS are enrolled to continue their academic education at the secondary level.
What is the BECE cut-off point for 2021?
2021 BECE cut-off point or pass mark is not aggregate 25. Per the new system put in place by the Ghana Education Service, there is no cut-off point for BECE. Previously it used to be aggregate 25. Although the results released each year are graded from 1 to 9 per subject, the school placement is done using the candidate’s raw score.
How does BECE raw score determine your admission into SHS?
With the raw score system introduced by GES, a BECE graduate is placed in a secondary school based on the actual exam scores obtained after the BECE result is released. The best six subjects made up of the core and elective subjects are added up to get the raw score for a candidate. Category A schools will often require a higher raw score to increase a student’s chances of admission.
How is the BECE grading done?
Candidates are graded based on their performance in the external examination (objective and written) and Continuous (Internal) Assessment marks provided by the schools. A nine-point numerical scale is used in grading the candidates with Grade 1 denoting the highest performance and Grade 9 the lowest.
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