The National Examinations Council, NECO, has vowed to sanction schools charging above the government-approved fee of N9,850 as registration fee for the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE.
Acting Registrar of NECO, Dr Abubakar Gana, stated this when the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services paid an oversight visit to the Council in Abuja
Dr Gana explained that NECO had written to Commissioners of Education of the 36 states and FCT, to notify them of the extortions going on in their schools against the directive of the Federal Government.
Dr Gana said observation by NECO revealed that some schools were charging between N19,000 and N20,000 as registration fee for SSCE.
The NECO Acting Registrar noted that the council was on top of the situation, and stressed that it would continue to play active role in ensuring that candidates were not defrauded while pursuing their education.
He said the council would engage members of the committee to monitor its examination and report any infraction to guide the council on appropriate actions to be taken.
The Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Prof Julius Ihovbere, said the committee would continue to work assiduously to ensure standard in public examination.
He expressed confidence that both Senate and the House of Representatives will approve a review of NECO’s budget to enable it execute its mandate.