Chairman, National Association of Private Schools Bauchi State Chapter, Muhammad Dan Katagum Garba has said the recent decision of the Bauchi State Ministry of Education to increase the levy which WAEC and NECO candidates sitting for the exams in private schools pay is alarming.
He said the fee was increased from N200 to N500 is exorbitant, thereby pleading with the Commissioner to consider the plight of parents whose children were educated through private schools.
The Chairman told LEADERSHIP that said most parents and guardians cannot afford to pay because it is an added burden to their financial plan.
He said it is a bit tasking seeing that children who are supposed to be educated by the government are subjected to pay a high amount of money to the government at the same time.
Bauchi State Commissioner of Education, Dr Aliyu Usman Tilde has said the increment is not meant to deprive any child access to quality education in the state, rather, his ministry is committed to providing affordable and qualitative education to all citizens of the state.
He said he is ever determined to make sure that every child of the state access qualitative education to meet the contemporary education needs of citizens of the state without having to travel distances as it was in the past.