WAEC Warns of BECE Cancellation Due to Funding Crisis

by Louisa Afful
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The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has warned that the upcoming Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in July 2024 may be cancelled due to severe funding shortages. The council has expressed urgent concerns over the government’s failure to release essential funds needed for the exams.

John Kapi, WAEC’s Director of Public Affairs, revealed that the council is short ₵93.5 million for the BECE, having only received ₵2.3 million of the required ₵95.8 million. He stressed that immediate financial support is necessary to avoid disrupting the exams.

The Minority caucus on the Education Committee has called for a meeting with the Finance and Education Ministers and WAEC officials to establish a payment schedule. Ranking Member Peter Nortsu-Kotoe emphasized the need for prompt action to ensure WAEC can conduct the BECE and the upcoming WASSCE exams in August.

Vice Chairman Dr. Prince Hamidu Armah downplayed the severity, noting that the government has historically managed similar situations and has already made significant payments this year. However, persistent inflation and economic challenges continue to strain the education sector, highlighting the need for urgent intervention.

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