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The Education Minister, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum delivered to Parliament the cost of the past questions that was provided to West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) candidates in the previous year. He further stated that the government is set to procured another set of past questions for this year's candidates with the unit cost increasing by 32% (from GH¢ 59.00 to GH¢ 78.00)
The contract for the provision of these past questions has for two years been given to Messers Kingdom Books and Stationery. Hon. Dr. Clement Apaak, the Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament raised concerns about the sole sourcing procedure from the same company for two years carried out by the government and the 32% increase in cost of the past questions.
Responding to the issues raised by Dr. Apaak, Hon. John Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister of Education said that it is only Kingdom Books and Stationery that has been given the legal authority to reproduce past questions and examiner's reports of the West African Examination Council (WAEC). The Deputy Minister explained that WAEC owns the copyright to their past questions, examiner's reports and materials and that if there is any publisher that is reproducing past question without the legal authority from WAEC, that publisher is breaching the law.
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