More than 23, 000 senior secondary school students in Zamfara State were denied to sit for the 2022 West Africa Senior Secondary School Examination (WAEC), WikkiTimes learnt.
According to a Twitter post by one ABDULL, the students were not registered as a result of the government’s inability to clear the backlog of debt and pay for this year’s examination.
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WAEC had in May stated that Zamfara State was still owing examination fees for 2019, 2020 and 2021 to the tune of over N1.6 billion and could not pay even the 2022 fees.
Shortly after the council made it known, the State Deputy Governor, Hassan Nasiha stated that all the students in the state would sit for 2022 for both WAEC and NECO.
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In 2021, the exam body registered students in the state following intervention from some notable Nigerians who vouched that the state government will settle its debt. But it failed to and that is why WAEC is also holding the results of students who sat for the exam last year.
Ibrahim Dosara, Zamfara State Commissioner for Information was not available for comment. He did not respond to calls. Also, a message sent to him had not been responded to as of press time.