The National Examinations Council, NECO, has threatened to expose and sanction schools charging above the government-approved fee of N9,850 as registration fee for the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE.
The acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Gana, who sent the warning, said the examination body has written to Commissioners of Education in the 36 states and the FCT, notifying them of the extortions being perpetrated in some schools against the directive of the Federal Government.
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The acting Registrar of the examination body spoke in Abuja when he received the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services on oversight visit to the Council on Wednesday.
Gana 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.
Gana, who took the Committee through the mandate of the NECO, appealed to the National Assembly for the review of the NECO’s budget, lamenting that the examination body has not embarked on any capital project for the past three years.
Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education and Services, Professor Julius Ihovbere, on his part, said the Committee had a lot of confidence in the NECO and those managing the agency.
He expressed confidence that both Senate and the House of Representatives would approve a review of the NECO’s budget to enable it execute more expansion projects.