Kano gov’t clarifies stance on NECO, says 29,000 sponsored students
The Kano State government has debunked reports that its students who were due to take the 2022 High School Certificate Examination (SSCE) were not allowed to take the exam due to student debt. government to the National Examination Council (NECO).
Several reports had indicated that the review body had insisted that unless the state government repaid a substantial portion of its debt, students in the state might not be allowed to participate in the exam.
But State Information Commissioner Muhammad Garba told the Daily Trust on Monday that it was not true that the state government was liable for the sum of 1.5 billion naira and that the Kano state students were not allowed to take the exams, saying payment terms had already been agreed for the more than 29,000 students he sponsored.
“What is happening today (Monday) is the interpretation of the tests which is for teachers across the country to come up with modalities on how the practical work will be carried out and our teachers are involved in this interpretation exercise. tests which will last about a week after which the practical work will begin.
“On the issue of debt, over the past few years we have been indebted to NECO for the sum of 544 million Naira and based on an agreement we are paying in batches and we have paid around 200 million Naira and the existing amount of money (for the 2022 exams) to be paid is around 537.5 million naira and this amount is supposed to be paid after the exams before the results are released,” he said .
He said adding the outstanding debt to the current debt would bring the state’s total indebtedness to around N800 million, of which more than N300 million has already been approved for payment.
The commissioner, who said the state government is committed to ensuring prompt payment of this outstanding debt, added that the current debt was for the government sponsoring more than 29,000 students for the exam.
He said that “the government has pledged to pay for 15,313 students who have achieved 9 credits on their qualifying exam; 1,018 students living with disabilities, as well as 7,300 for the special intervention which is primarily for girls’ education, and local government councils paid for 5,400 students”, bringing the total number of students sponsored by the government to 29,031, in addition to the thousands who were also sponsored. by individuals such as legislators, commissioners and philanthropists.