Sanwo-Olu approves N1.57bn WAEC fees for 58, 188 SS3 students

The Lagos State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary School Education, Hon. Jamiu Ali Balogun, has said the Lagos state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the sum of N1,571,076,000 as 2024 West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) fee for 58,188 Senior Secondary Students (SSS) in Lagos state.

The Commissioner stated this during a press briefing on the first-year anniversary of the second term of Governor Sanwoolu’s administration held at Bagauda Kaltho press center, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja in Lagos.

He said that the administration has never defaulted on the payment of WAEC fees of all public school SS3 students in the four years of the first term in Office.

“The state government paid Over N4.2 billion between 2020 and 2023 to keep our promise of full payment of West African Senior School Certificate Examination fees as part of this plan, since 2019 the Administration and pursued a strategic policy of not leaving any child behind”

“In the current school year, (2024) The Governor has approved the sum of N1,571,076,000 as registration fees and other cost for 58, 188 SS3 students writing the West Africa School Certificate Examination”

He noted that from the onset, the Education Transformation Plan of this administration and its expected deliverables has focused on policy shift and address short, medium, and long-term challenges to the provision of qualitative education in the state.

According to him, Lagos State has a combined pupil/student population of over a million in public schools and multiple times this figure in approved and unapproved private schools.

“With this renewed mandate and ministerial responsibilities, the ministry has reorganized it’s mode of operation and strengthen focus on all issues related to Basic and Secondary Education.

“In order to consolidate our reforms and the various new ideas and learning solutions introduced by the Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration, the ministry has commenced the review of education policy in Lagos state that will ensure the policy reflects current trends in the education sector in line with global best practice while the ongoing review of the policy will also pave way for the review of Lagos State Education Law.”