Results of students in 19 states of the federation who wrote the last May/June 2015 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations, SSSCE, are to be withheld by the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, because of the failure of their governors to pay their registration fees.
Although, WAEC did not disclose the names of the affected states, it put the debt owed by them at N4billion.
The figure was revealed yesterday by the Head of National Office, HNO, Mr. Charles Eguridu, in Yaba, Lagos.
He said: “As I speak to you now, we are cash-strapped as a result of the delay in offsetting 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.
“The affected states should offset 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 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, will be released alongside others.
“We have written to the affected state governments without any response. The poor response is threatening the smooth operations of the Council,” Eguridu lamented.
According to him, the 19 states’ debt to the examination body amounted to over N4billion and gave them two weeks ultimatum to pay the money or risk the non-release of their students’ results.
He lamented that efforts to get the money from the states had proved abortive.
Eguridu however commended some states of the federation, which 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 for our examinations and relieved their parents of this financial burden,” he said.

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