Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has ordered stoppage of further payment of West African Examination Council (WAEC) fees across the public schools in the state.
The state’s Head of Service, Mr. Soji Eniade, said this in a statement in Ibadan on Wednesday.
The state said the directive would take effect from the 2015/2016 academic session, blaming the present economic situation for the decision.
According to the statement, the state government has stopped further payment of WAEC registration fees with effect from 2015/2016 academic session.
“This is as a result of poor financial status of the state government, coupled with the lackadaisical attitude of parents and students to the promotion of quality education.
“Apart from this, the government also introduced payment of N3,000 by all students on annual basis as Education Development Levy.
“The payment will be made in three equal installments of N1, 000 per term; the fund gathered will be utilised to complement government’s effort to improve infrastructure in public secondary schools,” the statement said.
Besides the financial aspect of the re- positioning, Eniade said that there would be enforcement of 80 per cent attendance of students in schools.