Picture: A group picture with Branch Coordinators of the three examination bodies, the Permanent Secretary and the Director Exams in my office yesterday.
Bauchi state commissioner for education, Dr Aliyu Tilde has appealed to WAEC, NABTEB and NBAIS to release the results of all its 2019 candidates.
NABTEB and NBAIS examination debts for 2019 were settled by the Ministry 100% last week, he added.
He said, “the Ministry paid into WAEC account N176million, which brings the total payment it received so far from the debt we inherited to N226million.
“The rest will be settled in monthly instalments until it is completely settled or whenever we have some bulk money to use. On this the Branch Coordinator promised that the examination body will release the result immediately the money hit their account in Lagos.
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“We received our debit alert as early as 10.00am but as at the office closing hours of yesterday, there was not a confirmation from the Coordinator that the results have been released. So we continue anticipate that any time from now. Awaiting candidates can be checking the WAEC site from time to time.
“We thank His Excellency for the approval; the Commissioner of Finance for keeping his attention on the matter until the money was raised; and the Accountant General for scavenging the money in time such that our newly admitted students into tertiary institutions can register for 2019/2020 admissions without delay.
In order to prevent a repeat of the sad story of 2019 where results of government sponsored candidates from public schools in the State were withheld for failure of the government to pay the examinations bodies the necessary fees, it became pertinent for the Ministry to advise the Governor on the future. The options are essentially three and all were presented to His Excellency:
1. Continue with the recently invented practice of sponsoring all SS3 candidates in the state for the certificate examinations, which clearly cannot be sustained due to inadequate funds
2. Stop such sponsorships all together, and
3. Sponsor only candidates that have passed the state MOCK examination as done by some other states that were faced with a similar dilemma.
“His Excellency, as advised in the memo, approved the third option. So for this year, for 2020 WAEC examinations, Bauchi State government will sponsor only candidates who pass the state MOCK papers. Conditions will be set for the screening of the candidates in order to prevent the previous malpractices that shrouded the sponsorship. Instructions will be given to schools regarding this matter at particular points during the process as they become necessary or in a general circular. Merit all the way, he said.