Bauchi Legislature to summon Education Commissioner over non-payment of WAEC fees

441 views | Nick Yashi | March 5, 2020

The Bauchi State House of Assembly is to summon the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Aliyu Tilde over the issue of the non-payment of West African Examination Council fees to 21,000 students that registered for the examination.
Recall that Bauchi State said it could not sponsor all candidates from the state for the WAEC because of a lack of funds. The final year secondary school students staged a protest to demand an explanation from the state government on why they were not included in the payment of WAEC by the state government.
This followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by a member representing Hardawa constituency of Misau local government, Babayo Mohammed during the House plenary
Babayo explained that hundreds of students took to the streets last week to protest the government’s decision to sponsor only 13,000 students who passed the mock test out of the 21,000 that registered and sat for the test.
He said the issue has posed as a challenge because thousands registered for the exam which they demanded the state government to pay.
Contributing, the Majority Leader of the House, Tijani Aliyu Madangala, commended the Commissioner for sustaining the policy but suggested that the Ministry of Education should have notified parents of its inability to pay this year’s WAEC fees as most parents rely on the government for the payment of the examination fee.
“We commend the Commissioner of Education for the policies he is introducing to save the ugly situation in the education sector, but on the other hand his action has to be with human sympathy, most especially with respect to this payment of WAEC fees,” he said.

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