Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has paid N250m for 25,772 candidates of the state origin who registered for the 2011/2012 secondary school certificate examinations organised by the West AfricanExaminations Council, WAEC, and the NationalExamination Council, NECO.
A statement signed by Governor Dickson’s Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, also said the governor had approved the immediate payment of N7m counterpart fund the state was owing the United Nations Children’s Education Fund, UNICEF.
The statement directed heads of schools to stop distracting candidates with issues bordering on financial implications of the external examinations.
He said the burden of paying the fees had been taken off from the shoulders of parents to enable them pay more attention to the academic development of their children.
According to the statement, N42.5m was used by the government to pay for equipment and materials required by candidates who registered for science practical examinations.
He explained that candidates for science practical examinations were hitherto forced to pay N1, 500 each for such equipmentand materials.