The Benue State Education Quality Assurance Agency, BSEQAA, has ordered school principals in the state to immediately refund the excess West African Examination Council and National Examination Council charges paid by SS3 students.
The Director-General of the agency, Dr Francis Terna, gave the order on Thursday, when he visited some schools in Makurdi, the state capital.
DAILY POST reports that Terna had engaged some students in SS3 in the schools visited to ascertain what they paid as WAEC and NECO examination fees.
Having ascertained the facts, he instructed the principals to refund the excess charges to the students without delay, directing all the schools to adhere strictly to the approved handling charges of N5,000 per student.
He called on the schools’ authorities to desist from such sharp practices, adding that failure to comply with the government’s directive would be met with appropriate sanctions, adding that the state government was fully committed to upholding high standards and ensuring academic excellence.
Terna, who said the agency would continue its random visit to schools to monitor their operations, also restated the government’s directive that no SS3 student should be admitted during the second term to avoid disrupting the academic calendar.