Basic Education Certification Examination (BECE)

The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is the main examination that is used to give students admission into secondary or vocational schools in Ghana. It is written after three years of junior high school education.


To transit from the ninth year of the basic education class to the senior secondary, the BECE is conducted for candidates in their third year of the Junior Secondary School. While each state of the federation and the FCT conducts the BECE for its candidates, NECO conducts the BECE for Federal Unity Colleges, Armed Forces Secondary Schools and other Federal establishments operating Secondary schools. Private Secondary schools also take part in the NECO BECE provided they are permitted by their State Ministries of Education. Eighteen subjects are administered at the BECE level. A candidate is expected to sit for a maximum of ten subjects. A candidate is deemed to have passed the BECE if he/she has passes in six subjects including English and Mathematics.

The grading system is as follows:
  • A - Distinction
  • B - Upper Credit
  • C - Lower Credit
  • P - Pass
  • F - Fail


Dear JS3 students and their parents,

Registration for the 2017 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for all JS3 students has commenced. Candidates are to pay ₦7,000 into First Bank IGR Account Number 2017816821 on or before 1st February, 2017. Bank teller for payment is to be tendered at the Accounts Unit of the school for the issuance of receipt. Online payment can also be made. For this, a  cyber receipt will be generated which should be saved and sent as an attachment to The payment will be acknowledged by the issuance of receipt, which concerned parents can pick up from the Accounts Unit of the school.

The BECE is the terminal examination for the JS3 students and it holds in May 2017. After the examination, all JS3 students and their parents will see the Guidance Counselor, for placement into SS1 and selection of subjects for the 2017/18 academic session.

Parents are to note this information and comply accordingly, please.

Customer Support

BECE customer support personnel are here to assist you on all your examination application requirements either by Phone or Email.

Support Lines: 08069232760, 08052218069, 08052218070, 08126886938, 08126886939, 08189342653, 08189342754
Support Emails:,

Contact Us

Head Office National Examinations Council (NECO) 
Western Bye Pass,
Dr Nnamdi Azikwe road,
P.M.B 159
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