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WAEC fee: Parents, students commend Aiyedatiwa

By Godfrey Eze

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Parents and students in public secondary schools in Ondo State have expressed gratitude to Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa for paying the registration fees for the 2024 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for the students.

The Governor, at the swearing-in ceremony for new commissioners in the state, announced the payment of N550 million for the exam for eligible public secondary school candidates in the state, emphasizing the administration’s commitment to education.

Earlier, the Aiyedatiwa promised that his administration would address the issue of acute shortage of teachers in public primary and secondary schools, as part of reforms in the sector in the State.

He also pledged to take a critical look at the various issues raised by teachers, including the reintroduction of running grants to schools, enhancing school infrastructure, appointment of Headmasters General for primary schools, extension of age and service years for teachers and provision of instructional materials.

The Governor recently paid three months salary arrears to staff of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo.

While thanking the Governor, the parents said the gesture would remove the financial burden of paying the fees from them and lessen the current hardship being faced in the country.

One of the parent beneficiaries, Mr. Stephen Afolabi, commended the governor for prioritizing education over other forms of assistance, stating that the payment of WAEC fees was more beneficial than palliatives.

Another parent, who is a widow and has two children writing WASSCE this year, Mrs. Obafemi Promise Titi, expressed relief and appreciation for the governor’s intervention, highlighting the immense help it provided in easing her financial burden.

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One of the student beneficiaries, Emmanuel Maxwell Chinazamepere, a student of Aquinas College Akure, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the governor for his generosity, emphasizing the significant impact of the governor’s support on his education.

Omike Oluomachi Marvellous of Christ Apostolic Church Grammar School Akure, praised the governor’s selflessness and dedication to improving education in the state.

She said that the payment of WAEC fees had lifted a heavy burden off the shoulders of many students and their families.

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