Yesterday, we reported that the Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, in a statement, has ordered Basic School Headteachers to go ahead and conduct End of Year Exams for Pupils after some of the headteachers were reportedly stalling because they were waiting for funds from the government to print the end of term exam questions.
The GES, in the statement also gave headteachers the green light to write examination questions on the chalkboard, a similar situation which happened in April this year, because the money which was supposed to be used to print exams papers for the pupils were not paid by GES.
Well, in another statement issued by the GES, the institution explained the initiatives it is taking to solve this issue of printing of exam papers for Basic School pupils.
According to the statement, management of GES has commenced the process to procure equipment for the printing of examination papers in basic schools, but the equipment may not be ready for use during the 2018/2019 end of year exams as envisaged.
However, because the equipment is not yet ready, the GES has made some interim arrangements which can be used to ensure that the end of year exams are conducted successfully.
Below are the arrangements made by the GES:
- Capitation grant which will be remitted in due course should be used to fund the examinations for the current term. Meanwhile, the District Directors of Education should commence the procurement process.
- The District Directors of Education should request for quotations from Print Vendors using the Request for Quotations (RFQ) method in accordance with the procedures set out in the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663) as amended, 2016 (Act 914) to print the examination papers.
- An estimated amount of three cedis, fifty pesewas (GHS3.50) per pupil should be paid from the capitation grant across board.
- The District Directors of Education and the District Examination Committees should work with Heads of the basic schools to harmonise and develop a standard set of quarters in each subject for the district, as pertains to the mock examinations organised by the districts.
- The District Directors of Education should ensure that Heads submit questions set by each teacher to the district Examinations Committee for the said harmonisation and the setting of standard questions in each subject.
- The District Directors of Education should furnish the office of the Director-General through the Regional Directors with the “Pre, During and Past” examination arrangements carried out to ensure the smooth running of the examinations.
- All examinations should start the week commencing 15th July 2019.
- No student/pupil should be levied any amount for examinations.
Below is a copy of the statement: