Govt releases GH¢80 million to WAEC - Annoh-Dompreh
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Govt releases GH¢80 million to WAEC - Annoh-Dompreh

The government has released GH¢80 million to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh has told Parliament.

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Frank Annoh-Dompreh told the House that the Ministry of Finance released the amount to the council on Friday [June 21, 2024].

But WAEC has said it has received only GH¢47.125 million from the government contrary to the GH¢80 million announced in Parliament on Friday by the Majority Chief Whip, Frank Annoh-Dompreh.

Uncertainty was hanging over the 2024 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) as the examining body, West African Examinations Council (WAEC), waits to recoup almost 98 per cent of GH¢95.83 million it needs to organise the examination.

WAEC had received just about GH¢2.3 million out of GH¢95.83 million required to successfully facilitate the exam.

But the council insists that it would require not less than 50 per cent of the total amount to enable it to conduct the examination and a further release of more funds to enable it to process and release the results.

The examination is scheduled to commence on Monday, July 8 and end on Monday, July 15, 2024, at all centres across the country.

The Head of the Public Relations of WAEC, John Kapi, in an interview with Graphic Online's Severious Kale-Dery, said even though some GH¢6 million had been processed through the Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMIS), it was yet to be translated into real cash.

Mr Kapi expressed fears that the examination might not be conducted as scheduled if the funds were not made available in time. “A number of suppliers out of goodwill have supplied materials such as bond paper for printing of codes, consumables for the printing machines, answer booklets, pencils and other examination stationery on credit.

“As a result of our indebtedness, they are unwilling to supply any further materials for the next examination, which is the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates 2024,” Mr Kapi disclosed.

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