June 26, 2014

Ministry of Education is drawing a programme to absorb the 100 per cent of the Basic Education Certificate Education (BECE) Registration fees, and the programme would be implemented as soon as funding is secured.

Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh, was of the believe that the programme will eventually immensely relieve parents of their burden.

The Deputy Minister who is also the MP for Techiman North made this know in Parliament on Wednesday in an answer to a questions posed by Hon. Yaw Owusu-Boateng, MP for Asene Akroso Manso, who wanted to know when the Government would bear the full cost of the BECE.

Government currently bears 70 per cent of the registration fees of the candidates, but according to the Minister the amount had increased from GH₵ 768,000 to about GH₵ 14.4 million because of the increase in number of the students who registered for the examination.

On the issue of whether materials such as chalks, notebooks, capitation grants etc have been supplied to basic schools for the 4th quarter of 2013, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh stated that a peculiar situation of a late submission of the budget around (March 2013) resulted in the late acquisition of commencement of certificates from the Ministry of Finance.

The situation further delayed the procurement process for chalk, Teachers’ notebooks and Attendance registers, hence the late deliveries. However the items have been supplied to the Basic Schools.

Hon. Kyeremeh added that the contents of the Cumulative Records Cards, Continuous Assessment Cards and Pupils’ Report Cards are still under review and as a result were not procured in 2013.