Parents and teachers in public secondary schools in Ekiti have commended the state government for paying the administrative charges of students sitting for this year’s Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
Some stakeholders who spoke with pressmen in Ado-Ekiti, described the development as a right direction, and urged the government to do more to cushion the effects of the economic hardship in the country.
According to reports, the Executive Governor of the state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had on the 1st of March, 2019, approved the sum of N24 million for the payment of administrative charges for 13,390 candidates in public secondary schools across the state.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi, who disclosed this in his office in Ado-Ekiti said the approved sum would cover both the administrative charges and other incidental expenses relating to the examination.
He has however directed all school principals in the state not to collect any money from any candidate who would be writing the examination.
“Though most parents would have loved that the state government goes the whole hog by paying the entire WAEC exam fees of both students in public and private schools, we can’t but appreciate the kind gesture of the state government,” a parent stated.
“I hope it is not politically motivated since we are in election period,” another parent stated.