The West Africa Examinations Council, (WAEC) has threatened to withhold the results of students in 19 states that sat for the May/June 2015 WASSCE, over their state government’s failure to pay registration fees.
The WAEC Head of National Office, HNO, Lagos, Mr. Charles Eguridu announced this at a briefing on Monday in Lagos.
He said, , “A total number of 19 states in the country owe the Council in respect of entry fees for state government sponsored candidates for the May/June 2015 WASSCE. Some states also still owe the Council registration fees for the May/June 2014 WASSCE.
“The affected states should off-set the registration fees of their candidates as soon as possible, as we cannot guarantee that the results of their candidates for the May/June 2015 WASSCE will be released alongside others.”
According to him, the 19 states which are indebted to the tune of N4 billion were not making efforts to pay adding that efforts made by the Councils to get the money from them proved abortive, hence WAEC has resolved to make it public.
He however refused to mention the names of the indebted states, stating that he is giving them the benefit of the debt while stressing that many of the governors have just assumed office.
Mr Eguridu added that it is laudable that many of the states of the federation, as part of their education policy, pay the registration fees of candidates for the WASSCE, particularly in the public schools.
“This is quite commendable as it afforded many indigent students the opportunity to sit our examinations and relieved many poor parents of this financial burden.
He lamented that the council is cash-strapped as a result of the delay in off-setting the registration fees owed the Council by some states.
“As a result, we are finding it difficult in meeting our financial obligations, particularly to our supervisors, examiners and service providers.” he said.
“We have written to the affected states governments without any response. The poor response is threatening the smooth operations of the Council.”
He urged the indebted states to pay up within the next two weeks.