By Our Reporter
The Cross River State Executive Council approves the payment of West African Examination Council, WAEC fees for 16,301 indigenes of public schools in the state.
The State Government will be offsetting the payment with N440,127,000 (Four Hundred and Forty Million, One Hundred and Twenty-seven Thousand Naira) being for students writing the Senior Secondary School Certificate, SSCE.
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Governor Bassey Otu says the present economic situation characterised by the high cost of living requires some palliative measures in the education sector to ameliorate the hardship of parents in meeting the educational responsibilities of their children and wards.
The Governor warns against any untoward practice such as padding by school authorities the list of beneficiaries.
It will be recalled that pupils and students of the state of origin in public and secondary schools in the state enjoy free tuition.