February 9, 2021
By Jariatu S. Jusu
Officer in Charge of the West Africa Examinations Council in Sierra Leone, Felix Akuffo-Badoo, has told members of the Basic Education committee that, the Government of Sierra Leone owes the council’s headquarters in Ghana US$14m as contribution fees for eleven years.
Speaking at a meeting with committee members in parliament, Felix said every year, the exam body in Ghana together with its five-member countries prepared a budget of which Sierra Leone is required to pay 2%, but that the country has failed to honour its obligations since 2001, thus crippling their activities
He disclosed that government has also not paid the 50% remainder of the 2020 examination fees amounting to Le20.9billion, thus noting that that was the reason for the delay in releasing 2020 WASSCE result.
He added that because of the negligence by the government, printing of certificates for pupils in public examination classes has stopped for some years now, albeit candidates wrote their exams.
Answering to questions asked by Hon. Joseph William Lamin on whether they are running as a charitable institution, Dr. Akuffo-Badoo responded that the council is not a charitable institution and that the government has failed to give its necessary support to the institution for its smooth running which has greatly affected them, adding that WAEC Headquarters has been paying for examination practical.
Akuffo-Badoo said they have made several submissions to the government for payment to be made to the ministry of finance through the Basic Education Ministry, but to no avail.
According to the Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Basic Education, Dr. Yatta Kanu, they have had several consultations and correspondences for payment to be made to WAEC, but nothing tangible has been achieved.