The management of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has clarified that the Akufo-Addo led government did not absorb 2020 WASSCE fees for all students in Senior High Schools across the country.
President Aufo-Addo in one of his numerous televised nation’s addresses said the government as part of an effort to support parents in these challenging times will absorb 2020 WASSCE registration fees for prospective candidates sitting for the forthcoming 2020 WASSCE for school candidates expected to begin in August and end the first week of Septemeber this year.
Nana Akufo-Addo addressing the nation as the second batch of final year and form 2 Gold track students resume school the next day disclosed that 75.4 million cedis will be spent on the exercise.
According to Akufo-Addo it’s the first in the country’s history for a ruling government to absorb the registration fees of a national examination.
However, the Head of School Examinations Administration Department of WAEC, Mr. Godfried Addo in a Zoom interview with Happy 98.9 FM’s Samuel Eshun on the Happy Morning Show monitored by Georgeweb.org said even though what His Excellency said is true but there were some exceptions.
Mr. Godfred Addo explained that the government’s absorption of the 2020 WASSCE fees covered only students in public Senior High Schools and not private ones.
He clarified this when asked by Host Samuel Eshun why WAEC was still taking registration fees from some students sitting for the 2020 WASSCE despite the President’s absorption
“The registration fees of final year students have been absorbed by the government but private candidates have to pay for theirs,” he stated.
He furthered that 375,737 candidates from 976 Senior High Schools across the country are expected to sit for the WASSCE for school candidates, adding that 25 candidates are to be in a classroom in other to ensure social distancing.