By Adebayo Williams
The Niger State government has said it would stop paying Senior School Certificate Examination fees for students in its public schools. The decision was announced by Governor Abubakar Bello on Monday while inspecting the ongoing renovation of the Justice Idris Legbo Government Secondary School, Kutigi. He said since the students were not making good grades in the examination, it was an absolute waste of resources to continue to finance it. He said the money, which amounted to about N800 million, could be used to renovate schools, provide basic infrastructure and rehabilitate teachers’ quarters.
He also assured the students of the six schools whose results were seized due to debt that the money would be paid to ensure their results are released. Vanguard reports that the school owes NECO and WAEC N500 million from the last examinations.