Reverse N10,000 ​ ​examination charges, Nigerian Muslim Students tell

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. Photo credit: Sun Newspaper

The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, Lagos State area unit has called on the Lagos State Government to reverse the N10, 000 registration charges for computer-based test for 2015/2016 admissions into junior secondary schools.‎

In a statement by its president, Kaamil Kalejaiye, the group said it was not ideal for the Lagos State government ‎to ask parents to pay such charges.

According to the statement, Mr. Kalejaiye said the burden of bringing quality or change in the education system should not be placed on parents.

“Lagos State is at it again with their anti-masses educational policy,” he said.

“Why must the parents always pay for things that government should do, it seems Lagos government has misplaced its priority?”

Mr. Kalejaiye added that it was not the parents’ duty to sponsor educational innovation, unless voluntarily. He said it was absurd to hear the Commissioner of Education, Olayinka Olajundoye, asking parents to pay.

“Why is Lagos government always running from its responsibilities when it comes to education? The fear is that this just the beginning, very soon the LASG may begin to ask parents in public schools to start paying ‘token’ school fees,” she said.

He said all these policies have made the educational system scary and mostly anti-masses,

The society also accused the state government of not judiciously utilising the $90million (N13.5 billion) education loan it got from the World Bank.

“If the World Bank grant has been judiciously managed, the idea of looting parents by asking them to pay would not have come. Why should parents be asked to pay despite the huge loan? Our government must wake up to their duties and respect voter’s right,” he said.

The society appealed to the government to cancel the charges for majority of the pupils to benefit.

“Lagos should be a leading state for quality and free education but policies like this will make that impossible. We need to realise that the parents that are charged are tax payers. This should be one of the benefits they should derive for paying tax both directly and indirectly,” she said

The ‎ Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Oladunjoye, had in a said two versions of the screening tests – computer-based and pencil-based would be adopted for the 2015/2016.

Mrs. Oladunjoye said that parents and guardians were expected to pay N10, 000 to designated banks, after which candidates would be registered through a customized compact disc issued by the State Examination Board.‎


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  • Awarawa

    This from the same people promising us free education! If they couldn’t do in Lagos state with all their noise making, how would they replicate it nationwide? Abi it’s almajiri Koranic education they wan give us freely?

    • taiwo

      Is it compulsory to have the computer-based test? I
      want to believe the pencil-based test is free, Is there not choice here?

      • Otile

        You also want to believe in using feather nibs to dip in black ink and write.

        I really hate taqiyya.

        • taiwo

          Whether its feather, pencil, pen or ball point pen, it tells you there are choices in this matter.

  • dan

    APC are bunch of liars. They say free education, but common to write exam they are charging N10,000, is this not wickedness?

    • Mr. Abdin

      Lagos is not a poor state.

      • Otile

        It is not about money. For Muslims western education is haram.

        • one nation

          Do u pple av western education knowledge Dan muslims.?

    • Otile

      It is called taqiyya.

  • Otile

    Christian parents should understand that the Lagos state government is ruled by an Islamic cabal who believe that boko is haram. If Awolowo was alive there would be no such zakat levied on innocent Yoruba children who want to acquire education. Folks, anti-eduction stance by Islam must be resisted wherever sharia has not been implanted yet.

    The devil is a lair.

    • one nation

      Otile or wat do u call ur self.. I don’t think u kwn wat u r saying. U just feel like talking.mtcheeew

  • lanre oseni

    Otile i fear for your type. Fashola anti islam stances are obvious, the comm for educ is a xtian and the apc state chairman is a xtian and yet you still talk about islamic sharia even when a muslim body is complaining. lets be careful in this country

  • Bidemi Lukman

    It is a pity there is no alternative for APC in Lagos state. Agbaje that would have ben an option guffed saying if Jonathan is not elected, South South will hold Nigerian economy to ransom.

    What is free in Education if a whole lot of N10,000 is paid for a test (without certificate) to cross to SSS class when JAMB and post UME hardly cost up to N10,000 each.