Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has approved payment of Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) fees for 25,736 students in public schools across the state.
Akeredolu who directed that the money be “paid directly to WAEC and to be receipted for” approved the payment in a memo signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Technology, Mrs Lola Amuda dated March 17, 2021.
The payment of the WAEC fees was in fulfilment of Governor Akeredolu promised to take the burden of paying such fees off parents to cushion the effect of hardship imposed by COVID-19.
Ondo Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said all the eligible students in public schools would benefit.
He said, “The gesture by the State government was part of the determination of the Akeredolu led administration to bring joy and succour to parents in the State and alleviate the financial burden of parents in educating their children.
“Governor Akeredolu had during the first working day Prayer Meeting of the year with the State Public Service, made a pronouncement that the State would resume payment of WAEC Fees in all Public Secondary Schools in the State.
“This is a promise kept; and it’s not in any way, going to be politicised. It is in line with the commitment of the governor’s REDEEMED Agenda under which we have Educational Advancement and Human Development.”