Parents and students in Zamfara and Sokoto states have expressed disappointment over what they described as a failure by their state governments to enroll the final year students in the states’ secondary schools for this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Daily Trust on Sunday reports.
Students, parents express displeasure in Zamfara
Over 20,000 students in Zamfara State will miss the 2022 West African Senior School Certificate examination because the state government is owing the West African Examination Council (WAEC) fees for 2019, 2020, and 2021 exams, which amounted to over N1 billion.
Some of the students who spoke to Daily Trust on Sunday said it was shocking and disheartening for them to miss the examination, adding that it would definitely affect their academic fortune.
They said many final-year students in secondary schools may not secure admission into tertiary institutions. This is because those who can’t pass NECO may have no other alternative than to wait till the following year.
“I don’t know what I will do now; it appears we will miss the WASSCE, and how do we prepare for admission into tertiary institutions? I have told my father that should I fail NECO, it would not be easy to secure admission the same year.
“We are calling on the state government to pay for the WAEC fees so that students, especially those from poor families, can have access to tertiary institutions,” a student identified as Aliyu Usman said.