Quick Takes Wednesday 19th October 2016
Ogun state government has been advised to stop the payment of fees of the final year students in the state’s public senior secondary schools for the examination of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
That is the verdict of listeners on a Rockcity 101.9 FM programme: ‘Quick-Take’
The delay in paying WAEC fee of students for the May/June 2016 West Africa Senior Secondary School Examination, has made it impossible for thousands of them to process their admission into higher institution of learning for the 2016/2017 academic session.
The situation has generated controversy, and sparked a heated debate on whether the state government should continue paying the WAEC fee or stop it.
Listeners on the October 19, 2016 edition of a Rockcity FM Programme were asked: ‘should Ogun State Government stop payment of WAEC fees for students in the State Public Secondary Schools?’
Thirty of the listeners who responded on phone, twitter and short message say ‘YES’, while 20 want the State Government to continue footing the bill.
Callers who ask government who say ‘NO’, said it is one of the few dividends of democracy, apart from being an electioneering campaign promise of Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
But those who oppose the continuing payment of the WAEC fee said it is no longer realistic considering the financial crisis facing the country.
They also said the payment of WAEC fee is responsible for the poor results scored by Ogun State in the recent SSCE examination, because it does not encourage parents and guardians to monitor the study of their wards.