Heads of basic schools in the country have been directed to use price quotations for the printing of the end of academic year examinations which begin July 15.
Consequently, all regional and district directors of education are to ensure that no pupil/student is levied for the examinations.
“All district directors of education are therefore, required to request for quotations from print vendors using the request for quotations method in accordance with the procedures set out in the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663),” the Director-General of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa said in an interview with the Daily Graphic.
He further directed all heads to deduct an amount of GH¢3.50 per pupil across the board from the Capitation Grant.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa, explained that the management of the GES had commenced the process to procure equipment for the printing of examination papers in basic schools.
Purpose of directive
The directives form part of interim arrangements to ensure the smooth and successful organisation of the end of term/year examinations in basic schools.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa, however, explained that the equipment might not be ready for use during the 2018/19 end of term/year examinations as envisaged.
He further explained that the management of the GES recently discussed the issue in a meeting with the national executives of both the Conference of Directors of Education (CoDE) and the Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (CoHBS) about the challenges the GES was facing and the stop gap measures put in place.
He said all district directors of education and district examinations committees should work with the heads of basic schools to harmonise and develop standard set of questions in each subject for their district as pertained to the mock examinations organised by the districts.
“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,” he directed.
Prof. Opoku-Amankwa further directed the district directors of education to furnish his office through their regional directors with the pre, during and post examination arrangements carried out to ensure the smooth running of the examinations.