By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
Government’s decision to stop payment of West African Examination Council (WAEC) fee on behalf of students in public secondary schools has been described as a blessing in disguise.
The president of the All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) Ogun State branch Mr Ebenezer Ogundele stated this saying, it would charge students to be more committed to their academics pursuit
Mr Ogundele had applauded the decision while speaking with the State Zonal Information Officer, in Ilaro, pointing out that it would make the students to work harder towards passing internal and external examinations.
He said that the body had on different occasions advised parents in the State to assist the government in paying the WAEC fee as government alone could not cater for the educational needs of students in the State.
He said the decision would enable parents and guardians to be more conscious about the academic performance of their children and at the same time save money for government.
Mr. Ogundele who is also the Southwest ANCOPSS President, enjoined the government to channel the money hitherto used for the payment of the fee into recruitment of more teachers, building of more classrooms, training and retraining of teachers as well as equipping laboratories and libraries in the schools across the State.
According to him ‘’government has taken a bold step. ANCOPSS has been saying that for our parents to be more concerned on the education of their kids, government has to stop paying WAEC fee. We have said it that parents should assist government in the payment and when parents assist, they will be more concerned about the performance of their children’’.
The ANCOPSS President described Governor Amosun as a lover of education whose policies have turned around the fortune of education for better through the construction of model schools, and the provision of free textbooks.
He added that prompt payment of teachers’ salaries has encouraged them to show more commitment to duties, appealing to the government to appoint Principals General and further give adequate supports to the sector in order to make teaching and learning more attractive.