By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna.
Following hues and cry from parents over the non release of their wards’ SSCE examination results by both the National Examinations Council and the West African Examination Council respectively, Niger State Government has made part payment to the two examination bodies to secure the release of the withheld results.
Results of some 6, 000 candidates from the state who sat for both the National Examination Council, (NECO) and the West African Examination Council, (WAEC) Senior Schools Certificate Examinations, SSCE were withheld for non payment of the registration fees.
A public rage was ignited early this week when parents could not access the results of their wards online following the release of the June /July SSCE conducted by NECO because the examination body had refused to release the results.
The results of the candidates from the state were withheld because the state Ministry of Education which collected the fees from the students had not remitted same to the examination body.
But following the public outcries by parents, Niger state government on Thursday said it had made part payment to the two examination bodies to enable them release the withheld results.
The government said N200, 000 (two hundred thousand naira and one hundred thousand naira (N100, 000) was paid to WAEC and NECO respectively as part payments for what the state was indebted to the two examination bodies.
It would be recalled that NECO had last Friday announced the release of the June/July 2016 SSCE examinations but the results of the candidates from Niger state who sat for the examination were withheld because the state government did not remit the monies it collected from the candidates.
But the affected students had paid the registration fees for the examinations through their schools and the state Ministry of Education collected the monies for onward remittance as it is the practice.
Parents and guardians who could not access the results cried foul and asked the state government to promptly remit the monies it collected from the candidates to enable them access their results in the interest of peace.
Niger State Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Fatima Madugu who confirmed that the state was indebted to NECO, had assured that the issue would be resolved. She had earlier this week confirmed that the state government was owning NECO about N200 million.
Following the development, the state government on Wednesday raised N300, 000 (Three hundred thousand naira) which was paid to the two examination bodies.
The Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Jide Orintunsin confirmed that the state government had paid, 200, 000 to WAEC and N100, 000 to NECO respectively.
The amount is only a commitment by the state government so that the two bodies could release results of the candidates from the state who sat for their examinations.
However it was not immediately known if the two examination bodies had agreed to release the withheld results based on the paltry payments made for debt that runs into hundreds of millions of naira.
By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna.