For students taking the upcoming West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations, the Ghanaian government has purchased previous questions worth $34 million Ghana cedis.
According to the Ministry of Education, this will assist pupils in their exam preparation.
The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Adutwum, claimed in a speech to Parliament that the questions had been purchased for all pupils across the country.
He said the government bought 446,954 sets of Past Questions for GHC78 each.
“To assist final-year Senior High School students in their preparation for the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the Ministry has procured 446,954 Rst West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GHS 78.00,” Mr. Adutwum stated. The purchase will be paid for with money from the Free Senior High School.
“Mr Speaker, in 2020, as part of its efforts to assist students in preparing for the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the government procured 568,755 past questions for students to practice on before sitting for the actual exams.”
“The Ministry of Education engaged Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery to furnish 568,755 WASSCE previous questions at a contract fee of GHS 33,641,043.75, according to him.” The Free Senior High School Account was used to pay the acquisition of these questions, and the results of the 2020 WASSCE were outstanding when compared to previous years' WASSCE performance.”
“Mr Speaker, the process of procuring published textbooks for Basic Schools is presently underway. On June 1, 2020, the Ministry published an advertisement in the Ghanaian Times inviting various publishers licensed by NaCCA to submit their books and supporting paperwork for consideration in a Pre-Qualification procurement process.”
The minister did say, however, that the Ministry has assembled a team of specialists to assess the submissions and make appropriate engagement recommendations. The evaluation process is now complete, and the recommended novels have been narrowed down to a shortlist.
According to the Minister, the Unit Price is up 32% from the 2020 Unit Price of GHC59.
The ministry also acquired 416,060 Scientific Mathematical Instruments worth GHS 31,204,500.00, according to reports.
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