Minority calls for investigations into purported expenditure of GH¢68.5 million on photocopying WASSCE ‘passco’

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Minority Calls for Investigations into Purported Expenditure of GH¢68.5 million on Photocopying WASSCE ‘Passco

The Minority in Parliament is demanding an inquiry into the alleged expenditure of GH¢68.5 million on photocopying past WASSCE questions for candidates in 2020 and 2021. According to reports, the Ministry of Education spent GH¢33.6 million in 2020 and over GH¢34 million in 2021 through single-source procurement for this purpose.

Ashaiman Member of Parliament, Ernest Norgbey, called for a thorough investigation by the Special Prosecutor, denouncing the alleged misuse of funds as potential corruption.

“We cannot countenance this, and this is fraud. If this is not corruption, what else will be corruption? A photocopy to cost GH¢78 per paper, GH¢59.10 per paper, totalling GH¢68.5 million, what are we doing? And so, we in the Minority are taking strong exception to this, and we are saying that the Special Prosecutor must look into this matter.”

Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum disclosed in Parliament that the government had procured the past questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 per paper during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic to assist students in preparing for the WASSCE. He stated that the procurement, totaling 446,954 questions for 2021 and 568,755 for 2020, would be funded from the Free Senior High School Account.

Source: Citi online

 

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