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BECE 2022: 18 private schools chase exam official over alleged 'chopping' of registration fees in Axim

Private primary schools in Axim in the Western Region are after the Nzema East Municipal Examination Officer for allegedly wasting the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) fees of their candidates.

The officer, Enoch Asiamah, is said to have collected registration fees for the 2022 BECE from 18 schools.

The municipal inspector is probably on the run. Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

However, he would not have surrendered submitted them to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), although he managed to obtain the details so that they could take the exam.

The schools did not know until WAEC wrote a letter to the affected schools in the municipality noting that they were not meeting their obligations.

In the letter, dated November 14, 2023, to Manye Academy, one of the affected schools, the municipality threatened the school with sanctions if they did not pay.

The municipal examination officer reportedly resigned from his position at the municipal education directorate at the end of April following the law.

In an interview with the municipal education director, Nathaniel Akwasi Affum, he confirmed the post's vacation.

He claimed that Enoch Asiamah collected the money on his own accord and was not directed by the Education Directorate.

In the meantime, Manye Academy has responded to WAEC's letter requesting a grace period to make another payment.

BECE and WASSCE almost went off the rails

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The government eventually said it had released GH¢55 million to WAEC to organize the two crucial 2023 examinations.

Public Relations Officer of WAEC Ghana, Winifred Ampiaw, explained that GH¢15 million would be used to organize the BECE while GH¢40 million would be allocated to the WASSCE.

The move followed concerns from the minority in parliament on Thursday that WAEC was cash-strapped and in debt to service providers.

Students were stranded because of registration fees

The principal of Gomoa Budu Atta D/A Junior High School was nowhere to be found when the BECE commenced on August 7, 2023.

The director is said to have collected GH¢400, among other things, to register candidates for the BECE.

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BECE sets a gender record

According to WAEC, the candidates for the 2023 BECE consisted of 300,323 men and 300,391 women.

The Ashanti region has the highest number of candidates, with 117,084, consisting of 57,973 men and 59,111 women.

The Greater Accra Region follows the Ashanti Region with 112,894 candidates, comprising 54,624 men and 58,270 women.

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