The Oyo State Government would no longer pay the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) registration fees for students, Soji Eniade, the State Head of Service has said.
This is contained in a state issued on Wednesday in Ibadan by Eniade.
The statement is titled: “Efforts of Oyo State Government to Address Poor Performance of Students in Public Secondary Schools.”
He said that government took the decision in order to guard against poor performances of students in public schools.
According to the statement, the state government has stopped further payment of WAEC registration fees with effect from 2015/2016 academic session.
“This is as a result of poor financial status of the state government, coupled with the lackadaisical attitude of parents and students to the promotion of quality education.
“Apart from this, the government also introduced payment of N3,000 by all students on annual basis as Education Development Levy.
“The payment will be made in three equal installments of N1, 000 per term; the fund gathered will be utilised to complement government’s effort to improve infrastructure in public secondary schools,” the statement said.
Besides the financial aspect of the re- positioning, Eniade said that there would be enforcement of 80 per cent attendance of students in schools.
Other measures taken by the government include cancellation of automatic promotions, and re-invigoration of extra mural classes, as well as establishment of zonal education monitoring committees, among others.
“This will go a long way to bring a halt to truancy among students and prevent social ills within and outside schools’ premises,” he noted.
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