According to reports, the Niger State government says it will stop paying the examination fees of students in public schools owing to the sustained mass failure recorded in both WAEC and NECO examinations.
The state governor, Abubakar Bello disclosed this while inspecting renovation works at the Justice Idris Legbo Government Secondary School, Kutigi on Monday.
“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 channeled 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 said.
The governor acknowledged that the state still owes both WAEC and NECO N500 million for the last examinations, but assured the affected students that the debt would soon be settled and their results released.
Meanwhile, six schools from the three senatorial districts of the state have been selected by the state government for renovation and upgrade into model schools.