Reduction of BECE subjects is untrue – Education minister clears the air

About the Reduction of BECE subjects

In a recent media briefing in Accra, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, addressed speculations in the media suggesting a reduction in the number of Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) subjects from eight to five.

He firmly refuted these claims and emphasized that there have been no changes to the BECE subjects.


Dr. Adutwum made it clear that any modifications to the country’s educational system would involve stakeholder discussions for widespread acceptance.

The Minister urged the public to approach such speculations with caution, assuring that the government remained focused on delivering transformational education that is fit for purpose.


He highlighted the significant improvements in the West African Senior Secondary Examinations (WASSCE) scores, noting that the average performance had risen from 38.73% in 2006 to 69.73% in 2023.

Addressing concerns about examination malpractices, Dr. Adutwum stated that the government had implemented measures such as the serialization and randomization of examination questions to curb malpractice.

Turning to infrastructure, the Minister announced ongoing efforts to construct schools in various regions, including the Ashanti and Northern regions, to enhance learning outcomes.

He mentioned the initiation of construction for middle Junior High School (JHS) and community schools, equipped with science laboratories and equipment, projected to be commissioned in April 2024.

Dr. Adutwum also highlighted the government’s commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, noting the establishment of new STEM schools and the introduction of aviation and aerospace courses in some Junior High Schools.

Furthermore, he emphasized the reinforcement of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), citing the establishment of the Anyinam TVET Centre of Excellence in the Eastern Region and the Accra TVET schools in East Legon, Accra.

The Minister called for a depoliticization of projects and urged politicians to prioritize the national interest, emphasizing the government’s dedication to ensuring quality educational outcomes with the support of stakeholders across the country.