Basic Schools warned against charging unapproved exam fees

Mr Emmanuel R.A. Osae, Kwaebibirem District Chief Executive (DCE), has expressed worry over the charging of unapproved Basic
Education Certificate Examination
(BECE) registration fees by some heads
of Basic Schools in the area.

He has, therefore, cautioned heads to
revert to the approved fees or face
the consequences, saying, head
teachers found guilty would be
sanctioned.

Mr Osae made the remark at a
meeting organized for media
personnel and district heads of
departments at Kade.

According to the DCE, a visit to some
Junior High Schools (JHS) in the
Kwaebibirem district revealed that
instead of the approved fees of GH¢
40.00, some schools were charging
between GH¢ 50.00 and GH¢ 150.00.

He gave instances where Asuom
Islamic JHS pupils paid between GH¢
85.00 and GH¢ 100, Pramkese
Presbyterian pupils paid GH¢ 50.00,
Pramkese L/A JHS candidates were
charged GH¢ 150.00, while Asuom
Presby JHS pupils paid GH¢ 140.00.

Mr Osae reiterated government’s
commitment to make education
affordable to all Ghanaians, hence its
decision to subsidize BECE registration
fees to cushion efforts of parents.

He said it is regrettable and highly
unacceptable to note that some
unscrupulous people want to turn back
the clock of progress on the
educational ladder by thwarting
government efforts.

According to him, school heads were
key stakeholders in providing basic
education to children who are future
leaders, “so employing these tactics to
dupe parents will not augur well for
national development, and the earlier
this negative trend was reversed the
better.”

Mr Osae warned that he will not be
unconcerned for school heads to
charge high unapproved examination
fees to the detriment of “poor
parents.”

He, therefore, directed District
Directors of Education to monitor all
schools regarding registration of BECE
candidates, and furnish him with
reports within the next seven days.

GNA

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