Gov’t has not finished paying WAEC for 2021 BECE and WASSCE – Minority

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Peter Nortsu Kotoe, a member of parliament for Akatsi North has revealed that the Ghanaian government has not finished paying the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for funding the 2021 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He said that the Government owes a balance of GHC 15,790,072.00 for the WASSCE and GHC 7,221,755.00 for the BECE.

The two exams for 2021 now have a combined outstanding debt of Twenty Three Million, Eleven Thousand, Eight Hundred, and Twenty Seven Ghana Cedis (GH 23,011,827.00).

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Mr. Nortsu-Kotoe noted in a declaration on the floor of Parliament that the WAEC’s biggest challenge in carrying out its duty is the insufficient release of funding to the Council.

“Mr. Speaker, the situation has become dire as no money has been released to WAEC for the conduct of the 2022 WASSCE and BECE. WAEC immediately needs a total of Ninety-Six Million, Six Hundred and Ninety-Four Thousand, Four Hundred and Thirty -Two Ghana Cedis and Forty Pesewas (GH₵ 96,694,432.40) to engage in a number of pre-examination activities, transportation, and allowances for examiners, supervisors, invigilators, and depot-keepers.

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“Mr. Speaker, it is disheartening to know that persons who supervised and invigilated the BECE for school candidates, as well as script checkers for 2021, are yet to be paid the allowances due them.

“Mr. Speaker, I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the Minister of Finance to as a matter of urgency release money to the West African Examination Council for a smooth conduct of this year’s examination.”

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