The government last year and this year has spent a total of to procure over one million past questions and answers also known as ‘pasco’ for WASSCE candidates, the Minister for Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum told Parliament.
He said while the government spent GH₵33,6 million to procure 568,755 WASSE past questions and answers as well as examiners’ reports in 2020, a total of 446,954 similar materials were also procured in 2021.
“For this year, 2021, the government has already spent GH₵34,862,412 on 446,958 past questions at a unit price of GH₵78 from Messers Kingdom Books and Stationery via sole sourcing,” the Education Minister stated.
The question and answers textbooks, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said, were procured from Messrs Kingdom Books and Stationery at a unit price of GH₵59 in 2020 and GH78 in 2021.
According to him, the pasco was procured as part of the government effort to help the final year SHS students prepare adequately for the WASSCE for School examination conducted by the West African Examinations Council.
Commenting on the source of funding for the materials, he said “these questions were funded through the Free SHS account and the results of the 2020 WASSCE was tremendous compared to previous years’ WASSCE performance.
He further stated that the procurement of this year’s past questions and answers would just like last year would also be solely funded from the Free Senior High School (Free SHS) account.
“For students in deprived schools, giving them access to previous examinations’ questions and answers and examiners reports is good intervention,” the Bosomtwe Member of Parliament added.
But, the Deputy Ranking Member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr Clement Apaak has asked why the government will this year pay GH₵78 per unit for a past question it paid GH₵59 per unit only a year ago.