Ghana stops 62 Nigerians, Togolese students from writing national exam
London, June 11, 2019 (AltAfrica)-About 62 foreign students including Nigerians have been stopped from writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination currently underway across the regions in Ghana, Nigeria’s west African neighbour
The students who also include reasonable number from Togo were stopped after authorities within the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region found, a Ghanaian headteacher had allegedly registered them for the one-week exams without due process
Innocent Agblevor, the headteacher of a private school, Kekeli Preparatory school in Aflao who was allegedly involved in the fraud has been arrested, the MCE for Ketu South, Elliot Edem Agbenorwu said.
The MCE for the area, Edem Agbenorwu told a Ghana online news platform, JoyNews that the foreign pupils mainly from Nigeria and Togo, attended a Togo-based Faith Mission school from JHS1 to JHS 3.
But they were registered as Ghanaian pupils without any cumulative records detailing their academic history. Edem Agbenorwu called their registration a “sabotage of government policy.”
The Nana Akufo-Addo administration in Ghana has rolled out a free Senior High School education policy, scrapping payment of tuition to improve access.
Enrollment, since the introduction of the policy in September 2017, has shot up by 90,000, shooting up government spending.
The foreign students were registered to take advantage of Ghana’s policy freebies, attempts which have been a source of national concern.
Other West African nationals have been reported to have obtained passports and birth certificates.
In more recent times, a Nigerien was helped to register for the Ghana ID card. His Ghanaian collaborator who is a National Identification Authority official, was arrested.