By Muhammad Aminu
Kano State Government has said that all students who passed its qualifying examination would write the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination organised by the National Examination Council (NECO).
Kano State Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, told journalists in Kano on Monday that the Kano State Government had settled part of its debt with the examination body.
Malam Garba further debunked what he called “erroneous reports” that the State owes NECO N15 billion naira.
He confirmed that 15, 313 students would sit for the examination as planned.
Mal Garba also hinted that the examination would not hold on Monday as it is only the Test Interpretation Practical for teachers to come up with modalities for the practical exams that would be held Monday.
He said the State Government also paid examination fees for over 1000 students with special needs in public schools to enable them to write this year’s examination.
He said: “We have settled for 15,313 Students with nine credits and the essay part of the exam is commencing on 4th July while the State still paid for 1,018,000 Disabled Students, which means that the story that Kano is holding N15 Billion Debts is untrue”.
According to the Commissioner, 7,500 female students’ registration fees had been also settled as part of a special intervention to promote girl-child education in Kano State.
He added that LGAs cumulatively also sponsored 5,400 students for the examination.
“15,313 students that had 9 credits from qualifying examination; 1,018 students living with disabilities, as well as 7,300 for Special Intervention which is basically for Girl Child Education; and local government councils paid for 5,400 students,” the Commissioner explained.
The Daily Reality reported earlier that Kano students may not write the examination due to debt settlement conflict between Kano State Government and the examination body.
The examination body demands settlement of N700m of the N1.5bn before the students will be allowed.
He said the state government had paid NECO N356m last week and would finalise their discussion any moment to resolve the impasses.