Member of Parliament for Techiman North, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare has criticised the procurement of past questions for final year students.
She said the standards of education were dwindling under the Akufo-Addo government due to the bad implementation of the free SHS programme.
“What is needed now is to strengthen teacher–student relationship, improve teaching and learning and the provision of infrastructure for easy learning,” Madam Agyare told host Mugabe Maase on the Gumbe show.
“What is needed is not the procurement of past questions for students. Buying past questions for students is a disservice to the education system because the whole essence is not to write the exam but to teach for the pupils to understand very well,” the private legal practitioner argued.
She added the government’s move will corrupt the minds of the students not to learn and understand but to rather wait for past questions at all times.
Her concerns come after the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, confirmed government’s purchase of past questions for candidates preparing for this year’s West Africa Senior Schools Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
Responding to a question on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, July 14, Dr Osei Adutwum said the past questions were procured from Kingdom Books and Office Stationery at a total cost of almost GHS35 million.
The decision has been widely criticised by most Ghanaians and educationists, saying the government is making the move to cover the lapses of the free SHS programme which is struggling.