By Wole Mosadomi Minna—
Niger State government has said that it would no longer pay examination fees of students in public schools due to the continued mass failure in both WAEC and NECO examinations.
Governor Abubakar Bello, who disclosed this while inspecting ongoing renovation at the Justice Idris Legbo Government Secondary School, Kutigi, yesterday, said: “As it is now, majority of the students are not coming out with good results at the end of both SSCE examinations. “Instead of throwing away N800 million on examination fees without any corresponding results, this same money could as well be chanelled to renovation of schools, provision of learning equipment and rehabilitation of teachers’ quarters to make them more comfortable to put in their best in teaching.”
The governor, who admitted that the state was still owing both WAEC and NECO N500 million for the last examinations, however, assured the students affected that the debt would soon be settled and their results released. Six schools, two each from the three senatorial districts of the state, have been pencilled down by the state government for renovation and turning into model schools.