Some parents in Nasarawa State on Tuesday, July 28, have urged the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC to rescind its threat to withhold results of students who sat for the May/June examinations in 19 states over non-payment of registration fees.
The council in a statement on July 27, said 19 states owed N4 billion registration fees for their students who sat for the May/June 2015 examination. It therefore threatened not to release the students’ results over indebtedness, a move which some parents in Keffi Local Government said was wrong.
A parent, Thomas Nico, urged WAEC to publish list of the 19 affected states and take legal action against them instead of withholding the students’ results.
“I was surprised to read that WAEC is threatening to withhold results of students in 19 states that sat for the May/June 2015 WASSCE over non-payment of candidates’ registration fees by their state governments. When we look at the issue, it is not the fault of the students. What WAEC should do is to publish the list of the affected states and take legal action against them to retrieve their money. The students should not be made victims. I want to appeal to WAEC not to withhold results of students in these affected states because withholding their results will equally affect their chances of getting admission into institutions of higher learning,” he said.
He further appealed to the affected governments to offset the registration fees of their candidates instead of just paying lip-service to the education and welfare of their students.