Ebonyi govt warns schools against charging above stipulated fees for WAEC, NECO exams


By Moses Peter 

Ebonyi state government, Southeast Nigeria  has warned schools, especially the privates schools to desist from charging students above the stipulated fees for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and National Examination Council (NECO) in the state.

The  State Commissioner for Education Dr Oyebuchi Chima  gave the warning  during a meeting with  Proprietors and Principals of schools in Abakaliki, the state capital.

The meeting also involved Members and Executives of the NationalEbonyi govt warns  schools against charging above stipulated fees for WAEC, NECO exams

 Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) and Faith-Based Secondary Schools among others.

Chima stated that any school involving in such act of extorting money for WAEC and NECO examinations would be sanctions by de-registeration.

The Commissioner decried the situation where some private schools charged a student to pay a sum of N106, 000 for WAEC examination.

On examination malpractice, Chima also warned against engaging students in such act, noting that the state government would not allow such act and those schools if caught would be de-recognised.

Mr Onyeoma Agbo, President of NAPPS, South-East zone commended the state government on its policies to ensure qualitative education in the state.

On Ezza-Effium crisis, where many private and Public schools have been damaged, Agbo sought more assistant from the government to ensure that students in the area register for WAEC and NECO.

"Let me announced to the people in Ezza-Effium, that my school is open to register and accommodate for WAEC and NECO examinations, free of charge," the President noted. 

 It could be recalled that Ezza and Effium communities, Ohaukwu local government area have been in crisis due to National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) leadership tussle since February 21.

Our correspondent also recall that the state Governor, David Umahi had disclosed that several houses, including school, lives and property worth of millions have been destroyed in the area. 

Reacting, the State Coordinator, National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), Mr Emmanuel Irogboli advised the people of Ebonyi to start taking NABTEB Examination en mass as certificate from it is higher than WAEC and NECO.

He said NABTEB Certificate will give you both skills  and make you enterpreneuer.

Also, during the meeting, NECO State Officer, Mr Nyam Edokor said NECO has been doing  well in the State. It has made the State one of the best States that perform very well in  the last exams.

One of the school proprietors, Reverend Father  Colinus Chukwu urged Government to always remember private Schools while distributing  Science equipments.

In his remark, the State Chairman   of NAPPS Ebonyi State chapter, said his members were ready to obey and abide by the rules guiding schools and urged members to desist from extorting students.

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