Following the non-release of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results in 13 debtors’ states in Nigeria, stakeholders in the education sector have described the act as a national embarrassment.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN in Abuja on Tuesday, some respondents disclosed that the governors were politicking with the education of their subjects.
A certain educationist, Mr Jerry Okere, frowned at the news as he blamed the country’s education sector of showing irresponsibility.
“For a state government to decline to pay up the WASSCE fees of their students as agreed with WAEC even after the council had issued a threat is a national embarrassment.
“The governors and states involved are embarrassing the nation; for a governor to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with WAEC only to renege on it is very embarrassing.
“They should not have made such pronouncements if they did not mean to honour it; you do not play politics with the education of your subjects,” he said.
Okere urged WAEC to demand for an upfront payment in subsequent MoUs not just a promissory agreement.
In the same vein, a legal practitioner, Mr Ufere Mba, said that withholding of the results by WAEC posed legal questions, as WAEC and parents should explore legal options as the students should not be made to suffer for what was not fault of theirs.
He said: “Individual students could approach the courts, they can approach the courts as a group; their parents could also approach the court.
“It is a breach of agreement; by undertaking to pay for the students, the state governors have entered an agreement with the students and their parents.
“Another aspect of the breach from the state governments was their not abiding with the agreement with WAEC.
“You do not score cheap political points and then mortgage the education of thousands of young ones. I think the whole thing is embarrassing”.
It would be recalled, WAEC had on August 10 announced it was withholding the results of 13 states due to their inability to pay the fees as agreed with the council.