The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has approved the payment of UTME registration fees for 3,810 students who got grades A and B in the recently concluded SSCE Aptitude Test in the State.
The Commissioner for Education, Bauchi State, Aliyu U. Tilde, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.
The statement said the governor has also approved payment of NABTEB exams fees for all the 1,751 SS3 students of Government Technical Colleges along with the 499 students sitting for NBAIS exams from Government Arabic Colleges.
“Next year, these categories will also be subjected to passing the Aptitude Test.
“As usual, NECO registration fees for 11,580 successful candidates who scored A, B and C in the Aptitude Test will also be paid.
“The total cost of these sponsorships is N185,580,550.00.
“The state government does not owe any of the three national examination bodies a kobo.
“He has approved the clearing of the new amount by August ending, In Shaa Allah,” the statement noted.
According to the commissioner, for students to be eligible, they must obtain their National Identity Number, NIN.
“Arrangements are underway to see the immediate registration of students in their nearest local government headquarters,” Mr Tilde added.
“The Ministry is ready to pay for any eligible student who has a NIN.
“The list of A and B grade students eligible for the UTME sponsorship will be released to schools through their emails.
“At the same time it will also be published on Principals’ WhatsApp platform.”
Mr Tilde revealed that the sponsorship is only a means of providing ease to students, saying that it would not be mandatory on the government each year.
“The payment of UTME registration fees I must hasten to say will not be a mandatory policy on government.
“Rather, it will be enjoyed by meritorious students any year the government is pleased to do so within the confines of its revenue.
“In other words, it is a palliative, or say incentive that will be given whenever feasible,” he concluded.