Education Think Tank – Africa Education Watch (EduWatch) has condemned the government decision of engaging only Kingdom Books and Stationery for the publishing of past questions for final year students in Senior High Schools.
The Executive Director of the Watch, Mr Kofi Asare speaking in an interview monitored by EducationWeb.com.gh Wednesday said the sole sourcing approach adopted by the government is a step in the wrong direction.
According to the Education policy analyst, there are several credible publishers in the country who have been producing and compiling past questions, examiners marking schemes and reports over the past 10 years.
“It is not likely that Kingdom Books and Stationery would have been the only source of publishing,” he stated.
His comment comes after the Deputy Education Minister, John Ntim Fordjour disclosed the West African Examinations Council on behalf of the government granted Kingdom Books permission to publish the past questions for SHSs.
Giving details on the past questions and answers contract, Reverend John Fordjour said the Accra-based printing company was settled on after an assessment of the criteria of what had to be done.
“They (WAEC) engaged among other publishers and kingdom Books was selected by WAEC and granted the sole right to be able to publish past questions and examination reports,” the Assin South Member of Parliament said.
According to John Fordjour, the compiled booklets from the Kingdom Books and Stationery does not only contain former questions but has other informative content.
“So it is not just past questions that were compiled, it is past questions and how it was answered, the lapses, critical areas to look at, the detailed examiners report on all the core subjects which were compiled.” the Minister noted.