Niger Govt. Approves N440m Payment For SSSCE For All Indigenes
The Niger Government has approved the release of N440.4 million to the state’s Ministry of Education for the payment of Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE) of its students.
Dr Mohammed Mahmood, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry made this known in Minna on Friday at a post-executive council news briefing held at the Government House.
Mahmood said that the government was bearing the burden of one part of the examination, while the parents were expected to shoulder the cost of others.
He said a bill of N632 million for the final examinations was submitted to the State Government but the state executive council approved N440.4 million.
He said that the balance for the examinations would be borne by the parents.
He said the ministry would only pay the exams fee for students that had pass their promotion examinations to ensure that the state present candidates fit for the WAEC and NECO examinations.
Mahmud said the mock examinations would be revived to enable the students prepare themselves for the final examinations as it was done in the past.
“But the mock exams has nothing to do with the payment of the exam fee by the ministry,” he said.
He, therefore, urged students to justify the huge investment the government had made on them by studying hard and passing their final examinations.
Mahmood said that it was only by so doing that they could fill the state quota in the tertiary institutions in the country.
The permanent secretary said the State Government would continue to provide the necessary infrastructure and teaching aids to its schools to make pupils and students excel in their studies.