Oyo stops payment of WAEC fees

OYO State government has stopped further payment of
West African Examinations Council (WAEC) registration
fees of students in public schools in the state,
commencing from the 2015/2016 academic session in
September.
The government alluded the poor financial status of
the state government and lackadaisical attitude of
parents and students to promotion of quality
education as reason for the decision.
Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade, in a statement on
Wednesday, said this was evidenced on the data on
student enrolment and performance of students in
WAEC examination in the last seven years.
The data revealed that between June 2007 and June
2013, only 14.27 per cent of 396,579 students that
enrolled for the public examination passed.
While the government had spent N2,067,545,050 on
the examination compared to the value of the number
of students that passed, which amounted to
N315,513.900.
In addition, the yearly mock examinations will
henceforth, be conducted for final year students. This,
the government noted was to ensure that only serious
and quality students were presented by the state for
public examinations.
Also, students will now pay N1,000 per term as
Education Development Levy. The fund gathered would
be utilised to compliment government’s effort at
improving infrastructure in public secondary schools.
Other measures to improve students’ performance in
state schools include that students must have 80 per
cent attendance in class.
This, the statement said had become a prerequisite for
promotion to higher classes.
Furthermore, extramural classes for students in JSS3
and SSS3 would be enhanced, while students in public
secondary schools would proceed to the next class
only if they passed their promotion examination.
Henceforth, automatic promotion of students had been
cancelled.
To ensure monitoring, Zonal Education Monitoring
Committees will be inaugurated in all the eight
educational zones of the state, in line with the
provision of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act.
The mandate of the committee, to report to the
government monthly, will be to monitor schools within
the zones to ensure zero level of students’ truancy and
social ills within and outside schools’ premises.

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