The Oyo State Government has announced that because of the state’s current level of poor finances and the lackadaisical attitude of students to raising quality of education in the state, it will stop paying for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) of its public school pupils.
The decision is one of the measures taken to address the poor performance of students in examinations conducted by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO).
Mr Soji Eniade, Head of Service, in a statement, claimed that the measure would enhance quality education in the public school system.
Moreover, each pupil is to pay N3,000 as Education Development Levy per session to complement the state government’s efforts in the improvement of infrastructure in the public secondary schools.
The statement entitled: “Efforts of Oyo State government to Address Poor Performance of Students in Public Secondary Schools”, said: “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 promotion of quality education”.
On the education levy, the HOS said, “A sum of N3,000 only will be paid per student on annual basis as Education Development Levy. Payment would be in three equal installments of N1,000 per term. Funds gathered would be utilized to complement government’s effort in the improvement of infrastructure in public secondary schools”.
Aside the financial aspect of the repositioning, the government said there would be enforcement of 80 percent attendance of pupils in schools; cancellation of automatic promotions; re-invigoration of extra-mural classes, as well as establishment of zonal education monitoring committees to bring a halt to truancy among students.”