Education

2023 BECE: Headteacher to Face GES Sanctions Over Alleged Misuse of BECE Registration Fees

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Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister of Education, has instructed the Ghana Education Service (GES) to take disciplinary action against the headteacher of Buduatta DA Junior High School.

Reports indicate that Richard Ahunyagbe, the headteacher, failed to properly enroll certain students for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

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Allegations have arisen that Mr. Ahunyagbe misappropriated the funds designated for registration fees, leaving some final-year students from Buduatta JHS in the Gomoa East District unable to participate in the BECE that commenced on Monday.

In distressing scenes, the students who were unable to take the exam were observed expressing their sorrow over the situation.

Numerous frustrated parents, who had gathered at the school premises on Monday, shared their dissatisfaction regarding this unfortunate occurrence.

Addressing this issue, Dr. Adutwum appeared on Adom FM’s ‘Dwaso Nsem’ program, emphasizing that school administrators found culpable of any misdeeds during the ongoing BECE would face repercussions.

He stated, “WAEC exams are now covered by the Free Senior High School program. BECE and WASSCE are both free.

I’ve heard that a headmaster took money from some candidates. He may have coerced the parents of these students, and I will be discussing this matter with WAEC.”

Dr. Adutwum further remarked, “Additionally, the Ghana Education Service will take appropriate action against him.

We will inquire why he collected the money when we directly pay WAEC, regardless of the economic challenges. This is a serious matter.”

Addressing the outstanding debt owed to the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Dr. Adutwum mentioned that the Ministry had initiated the payment process.

These developments followed John Kapi, WAEC’s head of Public Relations, revealing that only GH₵10.5 million of the owed amount had been remitted to facilitate the examination process.

Mr. Kapi, however, indicated that this sum wouldn’t be sufficient to cover the costs of marking the examination papers.

“Over the past two years, this has been our experience. We’ve encountered delays and uncertainties.

Promises of funds have been made, and we’ve had to wait for their disbursement. Currently, we still have around GH₵9.9 million in arrears from WASSCE 2022.”

He further elaborated, “We’ve essentially been managing on a hand-to-mouth basis. As soon as funds arrive, we prioritize urgent expenses and address those, awaiting the next tranche of government payment.”

Considering these circumstances, the Education Minister assured WAEC of the Ministry’s dedication to settling the outstanding arrears.

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