JHS proprietor to appear before court for failing to register BECE candidates
The Proprietor of Prince of Peace Academy, a private Junior High School (JHS) in Tamale, has been charged with defrauding by false pretence.
Sulemana Saeed, the proprietor of the school, was charged with the offence for allegedly failing to register 75 students of the school for this year's Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), after he was alleged to have collected money from them for that purpose.
He would be put before court today.
The Northern Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mr Mohammed Yussif Tanko, told the Daily Graphic that the suspect was charged with the offence after police investigations and would be arraigned today.
DSP Yussif Tanko told the Daily Graphic that investigations had revealed that the money he took from the students and failed to register them for the exam was more than the Ghana Education Service (GES) approved registration fee.
He said the police also took statements from the students during the investigations.
Saeed was arrested by the police at the Northern School of Business (NOBISCO) examination centre in Tamale last Monday for allegedly failing to register 75 students of the school for this year's BECE, after collecting registration fees from the students.
The students were left stranded and frustrated at the examination centre after they could not find their index numbers in the examination hall and checks revealed that their proprietor did not register them for the exam.
Seventy-six out of 151 students were registered to write the examination and checks showed that only four were active students of the school.
Some of the affected students, who spoke with the Daily Graphic, said they paid registration fees ranging from Gh¢500 to Gh¢600, but they were denied entry to the examination hall last Monday morning.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) have since launched investigation into the matter.