Anger In Akwa Ibom Over AKSG Indebtedness To WAEC – As Exams Body Withhold Result
Akwa Ibom parents whose children wrote the 2017/2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, have expressed anger over failure by the Akwa Ibom State Government to pay the examination fees, The Sensor Newspaper Reports.
The Sensor exclusively gathered that the said indebtedness has forced West African Examination Council, WAEC to withhold the students’ results pending remittent of the said debt.
It would be recalled that Akwa Ibom State was one of the States in the federation that was said to have failed to pay the fees for the students in 2016, which forced the examination body to threaten to withhold the result. It was however, public outcry that prompted the State Government to hastily pay the fees after several denial in the media.
But in the just released result by WAEC, while private schools in the State have had their results, the case could not be said in that of public schools.
Confirming the non-release of the result, a Principal General in one of the Public Schools in the State who pleaded not to be mentioned told our correspondent that his school is yet to get the 2017/2018 WAEC RESULT.
He however said that he does not know the reason even though he said that a teacher in a private School has confirmed the release of the result to their school.
“All I can say is that my school is yet to get the 2018/2019 WAEC result. I doubt the reason for that, though a colleague in a private school has told me that his school has had the result.”
Another teacher in a popular public school in Uyo, told our correspondent in confidence that the non-release of the WAEC result has been the cry of parents. He noted that the action of WAEC may not be far from non-payment of the examination fees since private schools in the State have had their results.
He said, “This is a serious issue as parents are apprehensive over the fate of their children. Many parents would want to register their children for GCE but their fate hang in the balance.
Meanwhile, parents who spoke with our correspondent have said that the failure by state Government to pay the WAEC fees has posed a serious setback to the much talked about free and compulsory education policy.
A parent who gave his name as Raphael Umoh said, “It is unfortunate that the State Government has not paid the WAEC fees. This is a serious setback to the free education that it is claiming to operate. Where then is the free education.”
Umoh noted that government would have asked them to pay so that parents would know that they paid their children examination fees.
Another parent, Mrs. Margaret Effiong told our correspondent that as a widow, she paid all the charges that the school demanded from her two children to enable them write the exams. She said that the examination would not have been much trouble if government had told her that she has to pay.
“I would have paid my children fees provided Government opened up to tell me to pay and I know that at the end of it my children will have their result,” she said.
For Mr. Monday Archibong, delay in getting his child’s WAEC result may jeopardize the chances of gaining admission in the present academic session in the university.
The Sensor learnt that the non-release of the WAEC result may likely affect prospective candidates who intend to write the post UTME as they may be denied.
Meanwhile, attempts to reach the State Ministry of Education has failed as no one within the Ministry was ready to speak.
Text sent to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education failed to deliver as at the time of filing this report, indicating that the line was switched off.