The Niger State Government has spent over N600 million to register students in public secondary schools for the 2018/2019 WAEC/NECO School Certificate Examination.
The Director, Test, Measurement and Evaluation, Niger State Ministry of Education, Garba Abdullahi, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna, the state capital on Monday.
Mr Abdullahi said the passion of the present administration to promote quality education and encourage those who had dropped out of school to return was the motivation for government to do this.
“People see it as the sole responsibility of the parents but what of when the parents do not have the money to pay for the registration.
“Some of the students dropped out because they did not have money to pay.
“Niger Government magnanimously recalled all the dropouts back to school. I can tell you the number of dropouts has reduced drastically.
“Our students that took school certificate examination this year performed excellently well across board. Over 50 per cent of our candidates performed excellently well.
“This is so because they had no stress or pressure of farm work in order to raise money for the examination. We also sensitised their parents to give their children and wards time to study,’’ he said.
Mr Abdullahi further explained that it was the desire of the state to rid the state of drug abuse by youths, truancy, early marriage, banditry, amongst others.
“We can only succeed if we are able to tame our youths via education.
“We do not want them to go into early marriage, prostitution, banditry and other vices on the excuse that they did not have money to register,’’ he said.
Mr Abdullahi also said it was frustrating for a student to go through Junior Secondary School and drop out from Senior Secondary School because of registration fee.
“This examination encourages them and gives them a lot of opportunity and we are not going to stop the assistance.
“The former state government did it and we are continuing because it had paid off so much in reducing crimes in the state.
Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility
Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.
For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.
By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.
TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...