A Gang Of Armed Bandits Robbed Me Of Students Registration Fees-Principal
The principal of Community Secondary School, Akenfa, in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, have been accused of failling to register the some of SS3 Student for their exam after collecting their registration fees.
Naija News Learnt that The fate of 42 students who registered for the May/June 2018 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) in Bayelsa State is now hanging in the balance as parents affected student reported development Bayelsa State Ministry of Education.
according to Ebiowei James, father of one of the affected students they kneew about the development following checks at the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, which indicated that 42 names were not among candidates shortlisted for the examination.
James said it took the vigilance of one of the parents of the 42 students to discover that there was something wrong with the registration of their wards. He alleged that the principal, who retired from service in March, made away with the examination fees of the students who had been preparing for the examination.
James added: “It was one of the parents who saw the school’s WAEC candidates list and noticed that the name of his child and 41 others were missing, and raised the alarm. When we got to the school, we were told that the principal behind this had just retired.
“This is cruel, as the implication is that these innocent children do not know what is happening 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 paid by the school principal. It is unfortunate.
“The saving grace for me is that the alternative examinations conducted by National Examinations Council (NECO) is still open, so I will ensure I register him for NECO.”
Francis Micah, the principal in question, confirmed that some 42 students paid their registration fees for SSCE to him, but they were not registered.
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He claimed that he lost the registration fees of the students totalling N800,000 to a gang of armed bandits who had trailed him and boarded the same taxi with him before robbing him. Micah said he made frantic efforts to replace the registration fees of the students before the deadline, but he could only pay back some.
“The incident is unfortunate and regrettable. It is a big misfortune. I fell into the hands of some cultists and armed boys who collected the examination fees in a taxi. I struggled to pay back, but it was not possible and the exam deadline passed.
“I have managed to pay back to some of the affected parents, so that they can register for NECO, but a lot are still pending and I have been begging them to understand and be patient with me,” the retired school principal explained.