WASSCE: Education Ministry disputes claims GH¢68.5m was spent on ‘pasco’


The Ministry of Education has denied claims of spending GH¢68.5 million on photocopying past questions for candidates of the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

The Ministry of Education allegedly incurred a cost of GH¢33.6 million in 2020 and over GH¢34 million in 2021 for this purpose, both through single-source procurement.

The Minister of Education Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, disclosed on Monday, March 4, in Parliament that the government spent the money to photocopy past questions for SHS students to help them prepare adequately for the WASSCE.

According to him, the government procured the past questions from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH¢78.00 during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic as part of its efforts to help students ahead of the WASSCE.

However, in a Facebook post, the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry, Kwasi Kwarteng, said, “It is crucial to note that the mentioned amounts were not for photocopying but rather for the printing, supply, and distribution of the revision books. Therefore, the claim that GH¢78 was spent on photocopying a page in the booklet is inaccurate and misleading.”

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