The House of Representatives has recently announced that the Federal Government is unable to provide free WAEC, NECO, and JAMB examinations for the upcoming 2023/2024 secondary academic session. Lawmakers have rejected a motion put forward by Anamero Dekeri, who called for the government to make these exams free for Nigerian students. The motion suggested using the funds saved from the removal of petroleum subsidy to assist struggling families. However, the majority of the House of Representatives opposed the motion, leading to a debate on alternative funding options.
In a recent session, the House of Representatives addressed the issue of providing free WAEC, NECO, and JAMB examinations for the 2023/2024 secondary academic session. Anamero Dekeri, a lawmaker, proposed a motion urging the Ministry of Education to declare these exams free, utilizing the funds saved from the removal of petroleum subsidy to support struggling families.
Dekeri argued that making the exams free would directly benefit the common man and serve as a palliative measure in light of the fuel subsidy removal. However, the motion faced opposition from other members of the House. The Majority Leader, Julius Ihonvbere, proposed an amendment suggesting that lawmakers themselves fund the free examinations. This amendment was met with counterarguments from Ado Doguwa, who pointed out that members of the House are already paying the fees.
Ultimately, the House of Representatives rejected the motion, highlighting the financial constraints faced by the Federal Government. Lawmakers expressed concerns about the feasibility of providing free examinations, given the current economic situation. The debate surrounding alternative funding options for these exams is ongoing.
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The House of Representatives has made it clear that the Federal Government is unable to afford free WAEC, NECO, and JAMB examinations for Nigerian students in the upcoming 2023/2024 secondary academic session. Anamero Dekeri’s motion, which suggested using funds saved from the removal of petroleum subsidy, was met with opposition from other lawmakers. The debate on alternative funding options continues as the government seeks to address the financial constraints while ensuring accessible education for all students.