The Niger State Government said it would discontinue the payment of the West African Senior School Examination Certificate Examination and National Examination Council fees for its students in secondary schools in the state.
The state governor, Sani Bello, disclosed this on Tuesday when he visited the Justice Legbo Kutigi Secondary School to inspect the ongoing renovation of the school in Lavun Local Government Area of the state.
Bello said government could not continue to pay N800m every year for students only for just five per cent of them to pass the examinations.
He said government would rather invest such money in infrastructure development and provision of instructional materials for qualitative education.
“We must review the issue of the payment of NECO and WASSCE fees because at the moment, we owe the National Examination Council and the West African Examination Council about N800m.
“Government spends such huge amount of money on students that cannot even have four credits. Only about five per cent of students will have four credits and above.
“Basically, it is like we are throwing away money. We will rather stop and invest the money in the facilities so that with time we will get good results.
“We have made efforts to pay part of the money and the results will be released.
“The Commissioner for Finance has met with NECO and WAEC officials and there is an understanding that the debt issue will be addressed,” he said.