Maths sets saga: Presidential Staffer gives insider account as to how it all started.

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The Assistant Technical Officer at the Office of the President of the Republic, Samuel Bryan Buabeng has given some insider accounts relating to the mathematical set issue that has popped up and has since got many talking.

The issue came to the fore after a mention was made of it during the vetting of former Education minister and Energy Minister designate, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh in parliament by the parliament’s appointment committee on February 12, 2021.

The issue has resulted in the arrest of one Kwabena Darko Mensah who is the CEO of Bluegrass Limited and is said to be the local agent of the international company which was given the contract to provide 853,000 mathematical sets for the Ministry of Education.

Giving clarification to the issue, Mr. Buabeng provided a detailed timeline of events which are related to the awarding of the contract.

Read below the detailed account given by Mr. Buabeng;

FACTS ABOUT THE MATHEMATICAL SET/CALCULATOR ISSUE

Following the parliamentary vetting of Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh on Friday 11th February 2021, the following facts must be made clear in response to the stories subsequently carried on various media platforms;

1. On 6th December 2018, Transnational Ltd wrote to the Minister, introducing Bluegrass Ltd and a scientific mathematical tool that is examination compliant (a maths set and a non programmable scientific calculator combined).

2. Minister then wrote to GES on this matter, as the GES has a seat on WAEC International’s council and runs senior highs schools in the country. GES subsequently wrote to WAEC for further clarification.

3 On 5th February 2019, WAEC wrote back to GES and stated that the issue of malpractice had been discussed extensively in a retreat organised by the council in 2018 in Lagos. Members agreed that the council should formulate a policy requiring students to use only WAEC-approved sets of mathematical instruments.

4. Subsequently, WAEC wrote to GES explain that the mathematical sets were designed with Cornfill Ltd.

5. On 12th February 2019, the Director-General of GES wrote to the Minister, copying him in on the WAEC letter of 5th February 2019 and a letter from Cornfill Ltd, recommending the procurement of WAEC-approved mathematical sets to be used in WAEC exams as they fall in line with WAEC recommendations and requirements.

6. On 12th March 2019, the Ministry wrote to the PPA for approval to procure the items by sole sourcing due to urgency of having the instruments in place for the 2020 WASSCE, in accordance with the Public Procurement Act, at a price of GHC75 per item, totaling GHC63,975,675 for 853,009 pieces.

7. Unfortunately, the delivery of the items for the May/June 2020 WASSCE was delayed due to COVID restrictions which affected production abroad, and the first batch did not arrive in time for the benefit of the candidates. However, candidates for 2021 and beyond will benefit from them and the intention is to purchase them for all SHS students to enable them familiarize themselves with the items in preparation for their examinations.

8. The first batch that was received has been paid for and payment for the remainder will be made upon receipt.

9. The Minister does not know the CEO of Bluegrass Ltd in person and until his vetting on Friday 11th February 2021, was not aware of his earlier arrest by the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) on 29th January 2021.

Source: GhanaVanguard.com


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