Again, Group Kicks As 80% Fail SSCE Mock Exam In Katsina
The provisional results of 2016/2017 alleged qualifying examination conducted by Katsina State for its prospective candidates for next SSC examinations have set the state government and the candidates’ parents under the aegis of Katsina State Talaka Zalla on collision course again.
The chairman of the group, Alhaji Halle Mu’azu, told a press conference in Katsina yesterday that the sample results revealed that more than 80 per cent of the students who sat for the examination had failed.
He said the failure is nothing but deliberate and systematic attempts by the government to discontinue the payment of the SSCE registration fees for Katsina indigenes.
“The executive of Katsina State Tallaka Zalla deem it necessary to reject the results and call on the government to have a rethink and do the right thing to avert the possible consequences which this ill-conceived process may cause,” he said.
Mu’azu explained that the SSCE fees were, in the prevailing economic situation, beyond the reach of many parents and cautioned that the state would risk mass drop-out of final year students from its secondary schools if the current administration made good its subsisting threat that only candidates who pass the mock examination would have their registration fees for 2017 SSCE paid by the state.
It would be recalled that the state government advised parents and guardians early this year that it would not pay SSCE registration fees again for any candidate that fails the annual qualifying examination.
That condition, at that period, was re-echoed after some protests and appeals by some candidates to press home their stance that their parents could not get alternative means of paying the examination fees.
All efforts to reach the spokesman of the Katsina State Ministry of Education, Malam Salisu, for his comments proved abortive as all calls and text messages to his lines received no response as at press time.
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