Over sixty Nigerian and Togolese students have been prevented from sitting the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examinations in Ghana.
A head teacher in Aflao in Ghana’s Volta Region Innocent Agblevor has been arrested for illegally registering the students.
Investigations have revealed that the students attended a Togo-based Faith Mission school but were illegally registered to sit the exams to benefit from the government’s free Senior High School programme.
Municipal Chief Executive for Ketu South, Elliot Agbenorwu said the affected candidates did not have cumulative records unlike the over 500,000 candidates sitting the sub-regional exams.
“The students were registered as Ghanaian pupils without any cumulative records detailing their academic history. It is a complete sabotage of government policy”.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) which is organizing the exams is yet to be officially informed about the incident.
Ghana rolls out free SHS
The Akufo-Addo led government begun the implementation of the free SHS in 2017 to scrap the payment of tuition in fulfilment of a major campaign promise.
The program has since increased enrollment by over 90,000 students.
The government allocated $180 million (GH 1.34 billion) for implementation of the free SHS in 2018.