The Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance has urged the Ondo State Government not to stop the payment of West African Examination Council registration fees for pupils in public schools.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Publicity Secretary of the APDA in the state, Dele Ogunbameru, in a statement issued on Thursday, described the stoppage of WAEC fees by the state government as “anti-people.’’
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Femi Agagu, had on December 30 announced the decision of the government to stop the payment of WAEC fees for pupils in public schools.
Agagu blamed the present economic situation in the country and the paucity of funds for the development.
Ogunbameru, the statement added, also described the government’s decision to stop the payment of WAEC fees as “highly inhuman and wicked’’.
“How can a government that was voted for massively by the poor, come out to say that it can no longer pay for WAEC fees of its citizens?
“By this decision, our people have come to realise that the Ondo State Government is not masses friendly in all ramifications,’’ he said.
Ogunbamerun noted that the decision was taken at a time when the prevailing economic situation in the country was having its toll on the people.
He said the state government’s action came at a time it was owing the parents of these pupils several months’ salaries and pensions.