Ogun State Government has directed principals in public secondary schools in the state to ask parents and guardians to start paying for the May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) fees, beginning from the 2017/2018 academic year.
The payment of WASSCE fees of students in public secondary schools by the State Government was part of the All Progressive Congress (APC) seven cardinal points.
The government, however in a circular signed by Director, Secondary Education Department of the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs O.A Ogunleye, claimed that change in its policy “is part of the decisions collectively reached at the recently held Education Summit”.
The circular dated April 28, 2017, with reference number SEC. 1315/14 enjoined all Principals of Public Senior Secondary Schools in Ogun State to sensitise all Parents and Guardians on the new policy direction of the government.
The letter titled: 2018 WASSCE FOR SCHOOL CANDIDATES: SENSITISATION OF PARENTS/GUARDIANS TOWARDS THE PAYMENT OF WASSCE FEES OF BONAFIDE SS.3 STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS EFFECTIVE FROM 2017/2018 ACADEMIC SESSION reads in part:
“ I humbly wish to inform all Principals of Public Secondary Schools in Ogun State that henceforth, parents and guardians will be responsible for the payment of WASSCE fees of bonafide SS.3 students in our Public Secondary Schools in Ogun State effective from 2017/2018 Academic Session.
“Consequently, Principals of Public Secondary Schools are enjoined to sensitise all Parents and Guardians that effective from 2017/2018 Academic Session, they will be fully responsible for the payment of WASSCE fees of their wards in SS.3 class.”
From Jamiu Folarin, Abeokuta