The education ministry has indicated that hundreds of head teachers of Junior High Schools across the country are being investigated for charging above the approved seventeen cedis GHc17 as registration fees for this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).
Already some twenty two (22) head teachers in the Ashanti region predominantly from the Bosomtwe Education District and nine (9) from the Greater Accra Region have been found out and demoted to the ranks of class teachers.
The schools in question have also been directed by the Education Ministry to refund every extra amount charged to the parents of the candidates.
The Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Basic Education, Alex Kyeremeh who disclosed this to Ultimate FM explained that the West African Examination Council (WAEC) had earlier demanded that each candidate paid some sixty-two cedis (GHc62) for each candidate.
He stated that government decided to take some seventy percent (70%) of the cost bringing the amount to seventeen cedis and forty pesewas (GHc17.40) to lessen the burden on parents.
He indicates however that their checks revealed that several school heads had inflated the registration fees without recourse to the authorities of the education service.
He noted that his ministry had compiled the list of hundreds of head teachers found to have indulged in the overcharging of the fees and was currently investigating them.
“We don’t just receive verbal complaints and go ahead sanctioning people. We need to investigate and then conclude before we are able to sanction.
“We are working on so many other heads and we will come out to inform the general public in due course,” he added.
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