The Controller and Accountant General Department has been instructed to release GH¢50 million to the West African Examinations Council for the 2022 WASSCE & BECE conduct, a Parliament Education Committee member has said.
Speaking to Accra-based TV3, the Vice Chairman of the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr Prince Hamid Armah said the GH¢50 million release comes after a report that said the government owes WAEC for past examinations.
According to the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Kwesimintsim constituency, the central government is working tirelessly to settle the debt to see the 2022 edition of the national and international examinations successful.
“It is important to note that the last year 2021, WAEC presented a budget total of Gh¢128,000,000 towards the conduct of both the BECE and WASSCE. Out of this huge figure, the government had paid Gh¢105,000,000, I mean that’s an absolutely huge amount out of the total budget they submitted.
So yes there is an outstanding of Gh¢23,000,000 for 2021. WAEC also presented a budget for 2022 WASSCE and they expect that some disbursement will be made but he has to understand that government cash roll in terms of revenue generation is accrued on a daily basis so we need to get the money and be able to distribute to the various sectors of the country.
So they submitted and they expect that those monies will be made available so that the 1st August examination can occur,” the Vice Chairman of the Education Committee of Parliament told, Dr Prince Hamid Armah told TV3.
He further disclosed that the management of the non-profit-making organization (WAEC) initially had requested GH¢60 million but the central government was committed to the proper distribution of education.
“So I will assure the public that government is very committed to ensuring that the Basic Education Certificate Examination and West African Senior School Certificate Examination is conducted is conducted successfully,” he added.