The Borno state government has said that its public school students are to sit for a mock entrance examination in Mathematics and English Language to qualify for payment of WAEC/NECO fees.
Borno state Commissioner for Education, Mr. Musa Kubo, made the disclosure on Sunday when he paid a visit to students and teachers of Women Teachers College, Government Girls Secondary School and Mafoni Senior Day Secondary School, both in Maiduguri.
This directive is coming two years after public schools in the state were closed down due to activities of insurgents, but reopened last month.
Kubo said the state government, under the administration of Governor Kashim Shettima, had been paying WAEC/NECO fees for students every year, adding that with the closure of schools in the state in the past two years, some of the students, who had overstayed at home without reading, might not be fit to write the 2016 WAEC/NECO.
He said there was a need for the students of SSIII to undergo the test so that those who passed the mock exams would have their WAEC/NECO fees paid by the government.
According to him, the government will not be happy to expend millions of naira on examination fees when a large number of the students would not perform well.
The exams are to hold this week, and Kubo said those who cannot make it this year would have to wait till next year.