The Government of Ghana has been accused by the Minority in Parliament for increasing the cost of Scientific Mathematical Instruments (SMI) to be given to candidates to curb examination malpractices during the conduct of the forthcoming 2020 WASSCE for school candidates.
According to the Minority NDC caucus in Parliament, the GHC 75 cedis cost unit of the Scientific Mathematical Instruments (SMI) is very expensive compared to other maths sets on the market.
The SMI is to be procured and supplied by Messrs Bluegrass Group Limited for use in West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) examination in the country.
The Messrs Bluegrass Group Limited has partnered the Ministry of Education to supply 853,009 units of Kapek Scientific Mathematical Instruments at the Unit cost of Ghc75.
The Chairman of the Committee presenting the report to the Finance Committee for approval of 3.2 million dollars tax waiver on the importation of the mathematical sets argued that the Kapek Scientific Mathematical Instruments will help curb examination malpractices.
The Member of Parliament for New Juaben South explained that the instruments are different from the local ones in the market.
However, a former Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa contributing to the debate on the floor demanded value for money reports on the yet to be procured sets.
The Member of Parliament for the North Tongu also expressed his disappointment over the sole-sourced contract to M/S Bluegrass Group Limited without the involvement of other local companies.
The Minority leader, Osei Kyei Mensah on his part said concern raised by the Minority MPs towards the unit cost per Mathematical Instrument is in order, adding that the cost of the set should concern Members of Parliament.
He consequently tasked the Education Committee of Parliament to supply the house with details of the cost of the Mathematical sets.