General News of 2014-05-27

WAEC to withhold indebted candidates’ WASSCE results

The Ghana Education Service (GES) says senior high school candidates of the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) who owe fees will have their results withheld until they have cleared their indebtedness to their schools.

The directive begins with the 2014 WASSCE candidates.

It has, therefore, asked parents and guardians of such candidates to settle their indebtedness to enable their children and wards to access their results, adding that parents who had already given the school fees to their children to pay should insist on receipts from the school as proof of payment to avoid any inconvenience.

"GES and West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) shall not be held liable for any inconvenience caused to candidates who are unable to access their results due to non-payment of fees.

Heads of schools should be in readiness to give clearance to such candidates after the payment of their fees for the release of their results.

“We are counting on the co-operation of everyone to ensure that defaulting students meet their obligations to our education institutions," a directive signed by the acting Director General of the GES, Mr. Charles Aheto-Tsegah, said.

The Conference of Heads of Assisted Senior High Schools (CHASS) had requested the GES and WAEC to block the results of candidates indebted to their schools. This is because those candidates had left huge debts in their schools, knowing that they could access their results online.

At the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sitting in Kumasi recently, it came out that eight schools in the Brong Ahafo Region had a huge student indebtedness of Ghc50,000 in their schools.

The GES said its attention had been drawn to the high levels of indebtedness of students in many second-cycle institutions, particularly those in the final year.

"The situation, which has persisted for some time, has reached a point where necessary steps are needed to put an end to it.

During last academic year, heads of schools, in an effort to avert the practice among final year students leaving their schools without settling the full fees for the year, resorted to unapproved ways, including the charging of second and third term fees together in the second term.

However, the GES consequently directed all heads of schools to put an end to those methods of collecting fees and instructed that final year students who owed fees should be allowed to write their final examinations.