The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has hailed the reduction in cost of JAMB and NECO form fees by the Federal Government on Wednesday.
Recall that at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday, the government approved the reduction in costs of final year secondary school and post-secondary school examinations, which included that of the Basic Education Certificate.
FEC had approved the reduction in JAMB form fee from N5, 000 to N3, 500, while reducing National Examination Council (NECO) from 11,350 to N9, 850. The Basic Education Certificate form was equally reduced to N4, 000 from N5, 500.
Reacting to the development, NANS, through its National Public Relations Officer, Mr Bestman Okereafor, said it “considers this decision as a good and progressive minded one, but strongly believes that resolving the ongoing ASUU/COEASU strikes would be better.
“We are of the opinion that schools must be made conducive for all students on campuses as it was in the days of old.
“The Presidency must consider making our campuses a conducive atmosphere for learning and research purposes.
“It is highly disheartening that we have lost quite a handful of young, hardworking and promising Nigerian students to the cold hands of death due to the ongoing strike.
“Even as some of our students are now been exposed to various crimes, and drugs. For an idle hand they say is the devil’s workshop,’’ said the association’s spokesperson.