Govt spends GHC68.5 million to procure past questions for SHS students – Minister

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Dr. Yaw Adutwum
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum

The government has spent a total of GH₵68.5 million to procure over one million past questions and answers for senior high school (SHS) students as part of interventions to help them prepare for the 2020 and 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, has told Parliament.

He said while the government spent GHC33,6 million to procure 568,755 WASSE past questions and answers as well as examiners’ report in 2020, a total of 446,954 similar materials were also procured in 2021.

The materials, he said, were procured from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at unit price of GH₵59 in 2020 and GH78 in 2021.

“The government through its efforts to help students amidst COVID-19 to prepare for the previous year WASSCE, the question and answers were obtained to enable the students to try their hands on before sitting for the actual exams,” he stated.

Source of funding

Speaking on the floor of Parliament today, Dr Adutwum said “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.

The procurement of the 2021 materials, he added, would also be funded from the same Free Senior High School account.

“For students in deprived schools, giving them access to previous examinations’ questions and answers and examiners reports is good intervention,” he said.

Source: Daily Graphic

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