The State Government has earmarked the sum of N360m as WASSCE enrolment for 25,736 students in public secondary schools in the state.
Furthermore, government has ordered refund of monies paid by parents whose children are to write the 2021 West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Lola Amuda, gave the directive to principals and heads of public secondary schools in the state, at a meeting with the state’s executive members of the All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and other stakeholders in the education sector.
The payment of the WAEC fees, is in line with the free education policy of the state government.
Mrs Amuda tasked the school administrators to reciprocate government’s gesture by putting in their best and ensuring that the students performed excellently at the examination.
She described the principals as, “the eyes and ears of government’’, in their schools and enjoined to adequately implement government’s policies and programmes in schools across the state.
She enjoined them to build the students academically, in addition to moulding their character, while influencing their views of the society positively, so that they could grow into responsible adults.
The Permanent Secretary directed the principals to furnish the ministry with the names of all final year senior secondary students in their schools, in order to establish their actual number.
Responding, the state President of ANCOPPS, Mr. Johnbull Mebawondu, thanked the government for being considerate and promised that the principals would abide by government’s policy.
Mebawondu stressed that government’s gesture would relieve parents and guardians of financial burden associated with WASSCE.