The provisional results of the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) have been made public by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

The results of school candidates will be sent to the schools by the Metropolitan/Municipal/District Directors of Education, according to WAEC, while the results of private candidates are available online at, the Council's website.

The West African Examinations Council would like to notify the public that the preliminary results of the BECE, 2023, for both school and private applicants, have been made available.

The results of the school candidates will be forwarded by the Council to the appropriate schools via the District, Municipal, and/or Metropolitan Directors of Education.

The results for Private Candidates are available at, the website of the Council. School candidates can also view their results online at the Council website if they want.


For the school examination, 600,900 candidates—300,404 men and 300,496 women—from 18,993 participating schools showed up. 53 applicants with vision impairment, 366 candidates with hearing impairment, and 54 candidates with other special educational requirements are included in this number.

2,137 locations throughout the nation hosted the test. 3,366 of the total number of applicants did not show up. A total of 1,839 applicants entered the BECE for Private applicants. There were 897 girls and 942 men in this group. The examination was administered at fifteen venues, the most of which were located in the required capitals. Sixty-one of the applicants who registered for the exam were not present.

Examination Malpractice

After completing investigations into many instances of irregularity found throughout the examination and script marking process, the 34th Final Awards and Examiners' Appointment Committee for BECE meeting, which took place on Monday, November 6, 2023, accepted the following:

(1) Subject results for 312 school candidates and 3 private candidates were cancelled for bringing outside resources into the testing environment, such as printed materials, textbooks, and prepared notes, or for conspiring with other applicants;

The whole results of 41 school applicants and one private candidate were cancelled due to their presence of cell phones during the exam;

(3) Withholding of Subject Results for four private and 180 school applicants due to a variety of alleged crimes;

(4) Withholding 110 school candidates' complete results and two private candidates' results for a variety of alleged crimes;

In the meantime, reports of widespread cheating are being examined in the scripts of 22,270 applicants in a few disciplines. Depending on how investigations turn out, their conclusions could be annulled or made public.