By Emem Idio
YENAGOA—No fewer than 42 candidates who reportedly registered for the forthcoming 2018 May/June Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations, SSCE, in Bayelsa State may not write the examination as a result of missing registrations fees.
The parents of one of the affected students had alleged that the Principal of Community Secondary School, Akenfa, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state failed to register their wards for the external examinations
The parent said they knew of the development following checks at the Bayelsa Ministry of Education which indicated that 42 names were missing on the list.
Mr James Ebiowei, parent of one of the affected candidates, said: “This is cruel as the implication is that these innocent children do not know what will happen to them. They will most likely lose a whole academic year due to this unfortunate incident.
“My son for instance sat for the last JAMB and got very high scores with bright chances of getting admission offer on merit only to discover that his registration fee was not remitted by the school Principal. It is unfortunate.
“The saving grace for me is that the alternative examinations, conducted by National Examinations Council, NECO, are still open, so I will ensure I register him for NECO.”
When contacted, Mr Francis Micah, the immediate past Principal of Community Secondary School Akenfa, Yenagoa, confirmed that 42 students who paid their SSCE examination fees were not registered. Micah, who regretted the development said that he lost the examination fees totalling about N800, 000 to armed robbers.