Member of Parliament for Akatsi North, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, has said that persons who supervised and invigilated the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) for school candidates as well as script checkers for 2021 are yet to be paid the allowances due them.
He described this situation as disheartening.
Mr Nortsu-Kotoe appealed to the Minister of Finance to as a matter of urgency release money to the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for a smooth conduct of this year’s examination.
In a statement he made in Parliament on Friday July 15, he stated that the Government of Ghana has not finished paying WAEC for the conduct of the 2021 BECE and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
“Government owes a balance of Fifteen Million, Seven Hundred and Ninety Thousand and Seventy-Two Ghana Cedis (GH₵ 15,790,072.00) for the WASSCE and Seven Million, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Thousand and Seven Hundred and Fifty-Five Ghana Cedis (7,221,755.00) for the BECE. This makes a total outstanding debit of Twenty – Three Million, Eleven Thousand, and Eight Hundred and Twenty-Seven Ghana Cedis (GH₵ 23,011,827.00) on the two examinations for 2021.
“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,” he stressed.