The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), on Thursday, applauded the Federal Government for reducing the cost of JAMB and UTME form fees for final year secondary school and post-secondary school examinations.
The Federal Government yesterday announced the reduction in JAMB form fees from N5,000 to N3,500 for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The Senior Secondary Certificate charged by National Examination Council (NECO) has been reduced from 11,350 to N9,850 and Basic Education Certificate handled by NECO, N5,500 to N4,000. The reductions take effect from January 2019.
NANS National Public Relations Officer, Mr Bestman Okereafor, said in a statement said this is a good and progressive-minded decision. Okereafor, however, urged the Federal Government to prioritize the issue of education and especially the ongoing ASUU/COEASU strike.
According to him, the strike has truncated the chances of some students graduating in 2018, simply because the academic calendar has been altered. Okereafor, however, appealed to the leadership of ASUU not to frustrate the process of negotiation with the Federal Government, rather consider suspending the strike in the best interest of all. According to it, the ongoing strike has done more harm than good to students.