The Nasarawa state commissioner of education, Hajiya Ramatu Ajuji Abubakar yesterday gave reasons over the suspension of state Government free National Examination Council (NECO); the commissioner averred that the suspension was for the interest of the masses.
She asserted that the state Government expended the sum of N279m for the free registration since the inception of the scheme; The Honorable commissioner hinted that the suspension was to enable the state Government review and overhaul the entire system for optimum result; She gave the acknowledgement at her residence.
She however added that the suspension was meant to sustain and enhance the free registration for the benefit of all indigent students, The honourable commissioner maintained that these would only be achieved through the application of holistic approach.
“We are trying to tackle some loopholes surrounding the free NECO registration which was marred by abnormalities enveloped by some incoherent policies” For instance it was stated that excerpt a student sat for JSCE and wrote mock examination in the same school”.
The commissioner further said the state Government has a rethink over the way forward to revisit the payment of NECO fees to indigent students, Haji Ramatu expressed displeasure over the exclusion of majority of Nasarawa state students from writing final examination, and these amongst other things foisted the Governor to suspend the free registration.
Again we want to have value for money spent, That is to ensure that we hit our target audience which is to alleviate the plight of parents and guardians alike, She added parents and guardian for the moment are to pay for their wards.
On the rising spate of insecurity ranging from communal violence and highway robbery in the country, the commissioner said the state Government has taken bold step in addressing the porosity of boarding schools, Adding that plans are on the pipeline for the purchase of detective devices to security in public schools.
Hajiya Ajuji also affirmed that more security would be employed to curb the inadequate securities in Government, On the present enrolment and conduct of school census.
The commissioner said the ministry of education has brought in new ground by engaging in school census by engaging the principals with questioning about the population of their various schools.
“The Honorable commissioner raised eyebrow over the existence of public schools with low enrolment, Saying Government is ready to relocate and merge schools with students below 80, the relocation and merging would bring about sanity in the establishment of schools.
On the inadequate chairs in Government schools, Hajiya Ramatu Abubakar asserted that Government is on top of the situation, Adding that thousands of chairs/desk has been constructed by the Relevant Technology Board and ready for onward distribution.
“very soon seats would be distributed to all primary and secondary schools” She however said more attention will accord to secondary education.