Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and caretaker Minister for Finance, has stated that the government will pay the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) fees for 416,066 candidates from public Junior High Schools this year.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stated this on the floor of Parliament on Friday, March 12, 2021, when he presented the 2021 budget statement and economic policy.
“In 2020, the government paid the BECE registration fees for 403,878 students from public Junior High Schools (JHSs) across the country. Registration fees for 416,066 candidates from public Junior High Schools will be waived in 2021.
In addition, the caretaker Finance Minister said that “a total of 539 projects out of 1,119 Senior High School infrastructural projects have been completed to meet the increased enrolment of Free SHS students.” Furthermore, the government completed 28 Community Day Senior High Schools (E-Blocks) as part of the Secondary Education Improvement Program.
Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu informed Parliament that 195 basic education projects were completed in 2020, adding that government “will continue with these ongoing infrastructure projects.
These, according to him are in line with government’s quest to provide basic education for all.