As from next year, the Ogun State government may put a stop to paying WAEC fees of students in the state.

The government says it hinges its decision on the success of the 2016 National Examination Council (NECO) results, which ranked Ogun as outstanding among the 36 states nationwide, including FCT.

The over 2000 participants comprising educationists, technocrats, seasoned administrators, parents and unionists, argued that the ranking of the state in NECO shot up because of parents, who had to part with their hard-earned naira,  monitored and ensured that their wards studied hard for the examination in order to justify the fees paid by them. This is the more reason why candidates did better in NECO as against WASSCE that government pays for.

Participants also urged governments to henceforth redirect funds from theTertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) toward beneficial projects. This is in addition to digitalising education via ICT for teaching, learning, examination, reviews and other deliverables.

At the summit, stakeholders were not happy that despite her enormous intellectual deposits Ogun ranked 19 out of the 36 states in the 2015 WASSCE. The scenario is further complicated by the sprawling 498,154 secondary school enrolment figure, spreading across 474 public secondary schools and 568 private secondary schools respectively, they said.

 

According to information made available to reporters, Ogun State government in 2016 paid N489,792,695 as WAEC fees for the state’s 41,421 candidates.

To address the shortfall, the government was advised to introduce concepts like Opon Imo (digital learning tablet) to fast-track learning and cut cost. To make the opon imo optimally functional, experts admonished government to expand bandwidth for internet connectivity in schools.

It was also agreed that competitive promotional test must be extended to all public secondary schools across the state in order to allow for a level playing- ground for all learners.

 



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