42 Students To Miss SSCE Because of Stolen Registration Fees. The students of the Community Secondary School Akenfa, Bayelsa State will likely miss the 2018 Senior School Certificate Examination because their school principal failed to remit their registration fees to the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC.
One of the parents of the affected students, who checked the list of the candidates for the 2018 WASSCE in the state found out that the principal did not register 42 students for the exam.
According to the Nation, other parents got to know about the omission of their children on the exam list when they visited the state’s Ministry of Education.
On finding out that his child’s name is missing on the list, a parent, James Ebiowei, accused the principal of the school of collecting the fees but failing to remit them to the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
He said, ”It was one of the parents who saw the school’s WAEC candidates list and noticed that the name of his child and 41 others were missing and raised the alarm and when we got to the school we were told that the Principal behind this had just retired.
“This is cruel as the implication is that these innocent children do not know what is happening to them, they will most likely lose a hole academic year due to this unfortunate incident.
“My son, for instance, sat for the last JAMB and got very high scores with bright chances of getting admission offer on merit only to discover that his registration fee was not paid by the School Principal, it is unfortunate”
”I was robbed”-School Principal
However, the school principal, Mr. Francis Micah, who was in charge of registration before his retirement confirmed that 42 students who paid their WAEC examination fees were not registered.
Explaining why he didn’t register the candidates for the 2018 May/June exam, Micah said, armed robbers, who boarded the same taxi with him, forcefully took the money totalling about N800,000 from him.
“The incident is unfortunate and regrettable, it is a big misfortune. I fell into the hands of some cultists and armed boys who collected the examination fees in a taxi I struggled to pay back but it was not possible and the registration deadline passed.
“I have managed to pay back to some of the affected parents so that they can register for NECO, but a lot are still pending and I have been begging them to understand and be patient with me,”he said.
The 2018 May/June exam for senior secondary school students started on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, and will end on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.