By Tope Fayehun, Akure
The Ondo State government yesterday declared that it would no longer pay for the registration of students for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The government insisted that parents and guardians would continue to be responsible for the payment of their children and wards’ fees for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate Examination next year.
Addressing journalists in Akure, the state capital, after the State Executive Council meeting, the state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Femi Agagu, alongside his Information and Orientation counterpart, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi, said the SEC also adopted 19-point recommendations of the education summit.
Consequent upon the wild criticism against the communiqué issued at the end of the three-day summit, the state government had resolved to continue with its free education policy in the state.
Agagu informed that the council had critically examined the decisions of stakeholders at the last education summit and resolved that government would continue to fund education at the primary and post primary levels.
According to the commissioner, the SEC also approved the setting up of an Education Trust Fund that would help to mobilise funds for the education sector in the state.
Agagu added that the Trust Fund would be managed by a committee comprising prominent sons and daughters of the state.
He said the committee would encourage each adult citizen of the state to pay N1,000 into the Trust Fund.
Also, the Information Commissioner announced that the State Executive
Council has approved the appointment of Prince Joel Oluwafemi
Adeluwoye as the new Asuada of Isuada in Owo local government area.