Gov’t owes WAEC GH¢21 million

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Builsa South MP Clement Abass Apaak has revealed that the government has not yet paid the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for the 2021 BECE and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASC) (WASSCE).

Parliament’s Education Committee deputy ranking member, Apaak, said the debt burden has had a significant impact on the way WAEC conducts business.

In addition, he stated that the government owes the testing organization GH21 million in fees.

Before, Akatsi North MP Peter Nortsu Kotoe indicated that the government owed WASSCE and BECE $15,790,072 and $7,221,755, respectively, in government debts.

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According to Nortsu-Kotoe, the WAEC’s main challenge is the inability to provide funding to the Council in a timely manner.

He mentioned this while addressing the House of Representatives: “Without funding for the WASSCE and BESE exams in 2022, things have gotten out of hand, Mr. Speaker. Pre-examination activities, transportation, and allowances for examiners, supervisors, invigilators, and depot-keepers need a total of GH 96,694,432.40 (GH 96,694,432.40), which WAEC urgently requires.

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“To learn that those who oversaw and invigilated the BECE for school candidates, as well as the script checkers for 2021, have yet to be paid their allowances, Mr. Speaker, is discouraging.

In order to ensure a successful test this year, I ask the Minister of Finance to send funds immediately to the West African Examination Council.

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