External examination body, WAEC – West African Examination Council has cleared the air on government absorbing WASSCE fees for all 2020 candidates.
This follows after Nana Akufo-Addo, the President of Ghana unveiled in one of his addresses to the nation on measures taken against the spread of COVID-19 that the fees of final year students sitting the 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) will be absorbed by government.
Government indicated in its address to the nation that 75.4 million cedis will be spent on the final year SHS students in this WAEC exams.
Also, he indicated that the second year Gold Track students who were preparing to return to school would benefit from the said amount.
The President’s statement was as below;
“For the first time in our nation’s history, the government will absorb the WASSCE examination fees of the 313,837 students who will sit for the exams, 75.4 million cedis will be spent on this.”
Godfried Addo, the Head of School Examinations Administration Department of the Ghana Office of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), has revealed that there were some exceptions to what government said.
On the Happy Morning Show dubbed, “WAEC modalities for the conduct of WASSCE”. Godfried Addo made this disclosure in a special interview with Happy 98.9 FM’s Samuel Eshun.
When he was asked why the council was still taking registration fees from some students sitting for the 2020 WASSCE regardless of government’s directive, Godfried explained that government’s absorption of the 2020 WASSCE fees covered only students in recognized educational institutions and not private ones.
Godfried stated that “The registration fees of final year students have been absorbed by the government but private candidates have to pay for theirs.”
WAEC introduced the use of mobile money for the payment of registration fees for private candidates’ examinations namely: the WASSCE for Private Candidates and BECE for Private Candidates.
The procedure which is simple and helpful provided an opportunity for candidates in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic to register for the examination and make payments without going to the bank.