By Ismail Auwal
Female students of Kano State public secondary schools who have 5 credits or above in qualifying exams, including Mathematics and English, have begged Governor Ganduje to sponsor their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) as is the tradition in the state.
In an interview with SAHELIAN TIMES on Thursday, the students lamented that their parents could not afford the sum of N26,000 for them to sit for SSCE.
One of the students, Zainab Abubakar, who obtained distinction in both English and Mathematics, in addition to the other 6 credits, stated that her parents are unable to pay the stated amount.
“Some days I trekked to and from schools because my father can only afford N10 for me to spend in school, but despite working hard to get 8 credits, the state government has failed to pay for my SSCE.”
Another student, Hassana Ibrahim, who got 7 credits, including Mathematics and English, stated that if no one comes to their aid, this could be the end of her education.
“Despite the fact that more than half of our class scored 5 credits or higher, none of us will be sponsored by the state government,” complained another student, Maryam.
The State Government had previously stated that in 2022, it would only sponsor students that score 9 credits.
In 2021, the state government said only students who score credits in seven subjects, including Mathematics and English, are qualified for sponsorship.
The results were released just three days before the National Examination Council registration deadline, with only 10% of the students scoring the required credits.