The Government of Ghana under the Presidency of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has spent over GH¢68.5 Million between 2020 and 2021 academic years to purchase Past Questions for West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates.
In a statement presented to Parliament said, the Minstry of Education led by Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has spent GH¢34,862,412.00 to purchase 446,954 sets of Past Questions at a Unit Price of GH¢78 for 2021 WASSCE candidates under free SHS.
Meanwhile, in 2020, the Ministry of Education under the leadership of Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh has spent GH¢ 33,641,043.75 to purchase 568,755 WASSCE past questions for WASSCE candidates.
This means that, from 2020 to 2021, the Ministry of Education has spent a whooping amount of GH¢68,503,455.75 (GH¢33,641,043.75 + GH¢34,862,412.00) for the procurement of 1,015,709 Past Questions for WASSCE candidates.
According to the statement, the Ministry of Education has contracted Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery to supply WASSCE past questions to the Ministry.
“Mr. Speaker, to help prepare the final year Senior High School students for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate
Examination (WASSCE), the Ministry has procured 446,954 past West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at unit price of GH¢ 78.00. The procurement will be funded from the Free Senior High School Account” The statement said.
“Mr. Speaker, in 2020, Government through its efforts to help students amidst COVID-19 to prepare for the 2020 West African
Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) procured 568,755 past questions for students to try their hands on before sitting for the actual exams. The Ministry of Education contracted Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery to supply 568,755 WASSCE past questions at a contract price of GH¢ 33,641,043.75. The procurement of these questions was funded through the Free Senior High School Account and the results of the 2020 WASSCE was tremendous compared to previous years’ WASSCE performance.”
“Mr. Speaker, the procurement process for the supply of published textbooks to Basic Schools is currently ongoing. The Ministry placed an advert in the Ghanaian Times on 1st June 2020, where various publishers approved by NaCCA, submitted their books and relevant documents to be taken through a Pre-Qualification procurement process. The Ministry constituted a term of experts to evaluate the submissions and make appropriate recommendations engagement. The evaluation process has been completed recommended books have been submitted”
See the a section of the statement intercepted by Coverghana.com.gh below.