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Lagos Pays N561 Million WAEC Fees for 44,000 Students

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Lagos State Government says it has paid the sum of N561,346,100 as examination and administrative fees for 44,005 students who sat for the March/May 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Idiat Oluranti Adebule, the deputy governor who doubles as commissioner for education, made this known, at the weekend, while briefing on developments within the education sector in the state in the last one year.

According to Adebule, the 44,005 benefitting students were those who did well in the mock examination set by the state government to determine their preparedness for the WASSCE. Parts of the requirements to benefit from the payment of the examination fees, was the students make five credits including in English Language and Mathematics in the mock examination.

She further disclosed that three new secondary schools within the period under review were established in Amuwo-Odofin;  Offin-Ile in Ikorodu and Odo Ayandelu in Epe, to broaden the space for increasing number of students in the state as well as bring secondary education closer to the communities.

In the area of infrastructure, Adebule said 1,150 double bunk beds and 2,300 units of mattresses were procured and distributed to 28 boarding schools, 8,440 student’s furniture and 800 sets of teachers’ furniture were provided.

Speaking on the welfare of serving and retired personnel in the education sector in the state, the deputy governor said, over N934. 6 million was paid as monthly pensions to pensioners on the pay roll.

“Equally, 47 pensioners, including deceased beneficiaries were paid the sum of N67,665,560.77 as gratuity and accrued pensions,” she said.

On training, she said N25,411,500 was expended on training of education officers while a total of 137 private secondary schools and three public junior secondary were accredited for external examinations.



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