The Delta State government has approved the sum of N372.9 million for 28,898 students for the 2016 West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) fees for the students in public schools in the state.
Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Hon. Chiedu Ebie, who disclosed this shortly after the state executive meeting on Wednesday in Asaba, said the idea was to give every child opportunity to undertake the examination.
Ebie said: “We are trying to assist the parent and guardians to ensure that these children seat for the WAEC and NATEB examinations as well as encourage them by paying their exams fees.
The commissioner said with the payment of the examination fees, the students can concentrate on their study other than being in the streets as a result of helping their parent to meet up their examinations fees.
The commissioner explained that the 28,898 students were those who participated in the school promotion examinations from SSI to SSIII whish he noted were the numbers of students the state is paying the fees for.
Meanwhile, checks by The Dream Daily revealed that a large numbers of students from various schools in the state have left their schools late last year and January this year to private examinations centre popularly called ‘miracle centres’ in order to pass the WASC examinations.
Also, the state government has lamented the manner in which ministries, government agencies and parastatal were spending money on rent.
The commissioner for Housing, Arc. Oge while decrying the situation, said the executive has approved the building of ultra-modern secretariat to enable these ministries and agencies move out from private houses.