The Niger Government, according to Sahara Reporters, has suspended payment of West African Examination Council (WAEC) fees for non-indigenes in the state because students from neighboring states were taking advantage of the policy.
Hajiya Fatima Madugu, Commisioner of Education gave the reason at a news briefing in Minna on Monday. She said the suspension would be reserved once the state government straightened its records on the payment of WAEC fees for its indigenes.
“We swung into action to try and identify the real students who are residents of Niger and those who are being smuggled into the state, just for the purpose of the examination.
“We are trying to straighten our records and by the time we straighten our records, we are going to reverse that decision,” she said.
According to Sahara Reporters, the commissioner said the state recorded an astronomical increase in the fees government was paying WAEC fees prior to the suspension of the policy, following the influx of students from neighboring states.