The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has confirmed that it has received a substantial sum of GH¢55 million by the government to facilitate the smooth organization of this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
This confirmation was disclosed by Ms. Winifred Ampiaw, the Public Relations Officer of WAEC, during an interview with reporters on Thursday, July 27, 2023.
Out of the total amount received, GH¢10.5 million has been earmarked for BECE, while a significant portion of GH¢40 million has been allocated to WASSCE.
Ms. Ampiaw explained that this financial allocation includes all the necessary resources required for pre-exam arrangements and the successful administration of both examinations. With the total sum of GH¢55 million in their possession, she assured the public that the exams will be executed without any financial constraints.
The allocated budget for this year’s exams is estimated at around GH¢18 million for BECE and GH¢63.5 million for WASSCE, leaving approximately GH¢7.5 million in remaining funds. However, Ms. Ampiaw reassured that the necessary resources are in place to conduct both exams as planned.
“I can say that we have received some amount of money that will enable us to conduct the exams, for both WASSCE and BECE. However, there’s a payment plan to pay the rest. So far we have received GH¢10.5 million to be able to conduct BECE, and for WASSCE, we have received GH¢40 million. This amount will enable us to take care of the pre-exams activities and the conduct of the exams itself. We’ve received GH¢55 million in total received, I know for a fact that we have received the money”.
“The payment is for this year’s exams, we are supposed to spend a rough estimate of GH¢18 million for BECE. For WASSCE, the total cost for just the pre and the conduct of the main will take us to GH¢63.5 million. We are left with about GH¢7.5 million. However, I want to assure the public that yes, we are in the position to conduct both exams for this year,” she assured.