Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has told Senior Secondary School (SSIII) students in the State to pass mock entrance examination, particularly Mathematics and English language in order for the state government to pay for their West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO).
The governor said this Monday through his State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Musa Kubo, who disclosed this when he paid a visit to students and teachers of Women Teachers College, Government Girls Secondary School and Mafoni Senior Day Secondary School; all in Maiduguri.
Kubo noted that there would be need for the final year students of the above schools to undergo a mock test, so that those who passed the mock exams would have their WAEC/NECO fees paid by the government. He added that the government will not be happy to spend millions of naira on examination fees when a large number of the students would not do well in their results.
This directive is coming two years after public schools in Borno State were closed down due to activities of insurgents, but reopened last month.
The Commissioner however stated that the State government, under Governor Kashim Shettima, would continue to pay the fees of WAEC/NECO for students every year, adding that with the closure of schools in the state in the past two years, some of the students, who had overstayed at home without reading, might not be fit to write the 2016 WAEC/NECO.