The candidates, who will be writing the third edition of the examination which started in February 2015, are made up of 765 males and 628 females.
Last year, 1,418 candidates took part in the examination while 1,181 candidates sat for the maiden edition of the examination.
Statistics made available to the Daily Graphic by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) indicated that the Upper West Region will be presenting the highest number of candidates this year; 299 (131 males and 168 females).
The Greater Accra Region follows with 244 candidates (139 males and 105 females) while the Northern Region will present 160 candidates (91 males and 69 females).
Others are: Upper East Region, 158 candidates (88 males and 70 females); Ashanti Region, 150 candidates (87 males and 63 females); Eastern Region, 111 candidates (56 males and 55 females); Volta Region, 94 candidates (62 males and 32 females); Central Region, 76 candidates (44 males and 32 females); Western Region, 59 candidates (38 males and 21 females) and the Brong Ahafo Region, 42 candidates (29 males and 13 females).
The examination, which is meant for resitters and first timers, will end on Friday, February 17, with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as the last subject.
Integrated Science and Basic Design and Technology will be written on Tuesday, February 14, while Mathematics and Ghanaian Languages and Culture will be written on Wednesday, February 15. Social Studies and French will be written on Thursday, February 16, 2017.
The resit policy states, among other requirements, that candidates rewriting the examination must provide the index numbers and the year of writing the school BECE.
However, in the case of first-time candidates, they must be 16 years and above, and under this category, “students in Junior High Schools (JHS) are not qualified to register for the examination.”
The dates of birth of candidates will be printed on their certificates and, therefore, unqualified candidates caught writing the examination will have their results nullified.
Two hundred and twenty-eight out of the 1,418 candidates who sat for the examination last year were placed in senior high schools (SHS) and technical institutes. This was in addition to the 437,958 candidates who wrote the school BECE in June 2016.