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Minority Expresses Dissatisfaction with Government’s Purchase of WASSCE Past Questions for Students

The Ministry of Education photocopied examination papers at the cost of 33 million Ghana cedis in 2020 at a unit cost of 59.10 Ghana cedis. And that was done under the single-source procurement method.

Minority members of parliament have expressed their displeasure with the government for spending over 68 million Ghana cedis by the government to purchase past questions for West African Senior Schools Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates.

Speaking to the media, Member of Parliament for Ashaiman Constituency, Ernest Norgbey, has criticised the sole sourcing process used and the amount involved in the photocopying of the past question papers.

“The Ministry of Education photocopied examination papers at the cost of 33 million Ghana cedis in 2020 at a unit cost of 59.10 Ghana cedis. And that was done under the single-source procurement method. You and I know very well that we have a lot of companies and entities that could produce examination past questions. It is not only Aki-ola or Kingdom Books that could produce or make a photo of that,” he said.

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However the Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum in response has justified the expenditure stating that it was necessary for equipping students well for the final examination.

“As part of guiding policy to improve access to equity and quality education across the country, introduced the provision of materials to public senior high schools across the country under the Free Senior High School Program to guide students in their learning and preparation towards the West African Examination Council’s examination,” he told Parliament.

He further stated that the procurement method through which Aki-ola Publications and Kingdom Books Company Limited obtained the contract was informed by recommendations from the Ghana Education Service and the West African Examination Council.

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