Collecting money as exam fees ‘illegal’ – GES cautions basic school heads

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The Ghana Education Service (GES) has warned its directors within the various Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts against the practice of collecting illegal monies from pupils and parents for end-of-term examination fees.

According to the GES, its attention has been drawn to the unfortunate practice among some Metro, Municipal, and District Directors of Education hence the caution to ensure mobilizing of funds from pupils and parents becomes a thing of the past.

The Director-General of the GES, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa in a statement charged all Regional Directors of the Service to “ensure that the practice of collecting money from parents and pupils ceases henceforth.

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For clarity on organizing end of term examinations for the pupils, the GES remind “all Metro/Municipal/District Directors of Education that the guidelines suggested in the learning assessment framework of the Standard-Based Curriculum (SBC) state that school-based assessment, comprising tests undertaken internally at the school level should form the basis for the Internal Assessment Score (IAS). This includes Homework, Class Tests, Group Work and Project Work.

“The revised learning assessment framework of the SBC document is available on the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) website.

“Metro/Municipal/District Directors of Education are to encourage Heads of Public Basic Schools and Teachers to access and make good use of the site and follow all guidelines concerning internal assessments as spelt out in SBC,” the statement stressed.

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