Govt releases GH¢50m to WAEC for WASSCE

For the money it owes the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school applicants, the government has paid a partial payment of GH50 million.

With the payment, the remaining balance for the government to pay up is now only about GH46.7 million.

Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, the WAEC’s head of public affairs, revealed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic.


Peter Kwasi Nortsu-Kotoe, the ranking member of the education committee of parliament, had warned that if the government did not release an amount of GH96,694,432.40 to allow WAEC to engage in a number of pre-examination activities, including the payment of transportation and allowances for examiners, supervisors, invigilators, and depot-keepers, WAEC might be forced to postpone the 2022 School Candidates WASSCE.

The minority in parliament was informed, according to Mr. Nortsu-Kotoe, who is also the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP for Akatsi North, that the Ministry of Education has not yet released any funds to WAEC for the administration of the 2022 WASSCE, which is scheduled to begin on August 1, 2022.

Only Ghana remains to hold its 2022 WASSCE, according to him, and the other four nations that make up WAEC—Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Liberia—have already done so. He warned that any additional delay in the funding distribution to WAEC could result in the postponing of the exam.


Mrs. Teye-Cudjoe, however, assured the audience that the WASSCE for school applicants will go on and clarified that it was not in limbo as had been reported.

“We’ve known for a while that the test will be written. The test is not pending,” she said.

Mrs. Teye-Cudjoe said the council was well-prepared for the exam and added that the project work for the visual arts would begin on August 1 and run through August 19 to wrap up the practical work.

Afterward, the written portion would start on August 24, 2022.

Parallel exam

Candidates in Ghana would be given parallel examination questions with the same levels of difficulty as those given to candidates in the other four member nations, according to the WAEC Head of Public Affairs.

Because previous questions have already been published and we cannot write the same thing again, the questions would be of a similar level of difficulty and would not be identical to those that the candidates from the other nations wrote.

Mrs. Teye-Cudjoe urged applicants who would be writing in Ghana to watch out for anyone who would misrepresent their possession of the questions and demand payment in exchange for them.


She advised the candidates to adhere to their study materials and avoid letting others lead them astray.

Regarding security, she claimed that all necessary and improved security measures had been implemented to ensure a successful assessment.


“With the assistance of the outside security agencies, we have implemented strengthened security measures. We have also completed a few additional tasks that we prefer to keep private, so we are prepared for the test, she added.

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