Borno IDPs sit for WAEC exams after three years

About 250 children of the Internally Displaced Persons in Borno State have begun writing this year’s West African Examination Council’s graduation examination for secondary school students, in preparation for entry into Universities and other tertiary institutions.

A statement by the Borno State Government said the development was the first time IDPs in the state would be writing WAEC examination, since they were forced out of their homes by boko haram insurgents in 2014.

The statement said IDPs, made up of 94 female and 156 male students, were amongst one thousand other students, whose schools and communities had been attacked ?by boko haram, resulting in their displacement.

The candidates were subjected to some scrutiny, before they were selected to sit for the examination, which is a prerequisite for going further up the education ladder.

They are mostly from Kukawa, Gwoza, Ngala, Bama, Monguno, Guzamala and Nganzai Local Government Areas and were made to write practicals at three WAEC centres, Government College, Government Girls College and ?Mustapha Umar Elkanemi Arabic Teachers College all in Maiduguri.

The Internally Displaced people who were fortunate to write the examination are those who were in their final year of secondary schools before they were displaced by the insurgency.

However, before they were allowed to sit for the examination, they were tested on their academic abilities and out of the one thousand scrutinized, 250 of them succeeded.

The Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Ahmed Satomi, ?who monitored the participation of the IDPs in three different examination locations in Maiduguri, said more than 250 of the IDPs were those who passed a Special Mock Exam conducted for about 1,000 IDPs.

Mr. Satomi said the mock examination was meant to evaluate the IDPs and ascertain if they were capable of catching up after undergoing classes and comprehensive tutorials organized for them in camps on the orders of Governor Kashim Shettima.

It will be recalled that volunteer tutors, including some local NGOS, some aides to the governor and some graduates associated of the Governor, took part in guiding all IDP students through the WAEC syllabus.

Mr. Satomi explained that the IDPs were first evaluated and enrolled in four senior secondary schools, the Government Secondary School, Jajeri, Government Girls Second school, Yerwa, Government College, Maiduguri and Government Girls College Maiduguri.

He said they were all provided with free uniforms, sandals, bags and books in addition to special tutorials after school hours, to enable them to catch up after missing school due to the displacement.

The Chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, said funds to cover the fees of the students were provided by Governor Shettima through the agency.

“Governor Kashim Shettima released funds to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, which we used to paying the WAEC fees of all the students. As you know, in Borno, the State ?Government pays for WAEC but parents pay a counterpart of N6,500 as show of commitment. So, what SEMA paid was the counterpart since the Government already paid for all WAEC students across Borno State. Mock exam was organized for over 1,000 IDP’S but out of them, 250 did well and were believed to be emotionally and academically set for this year’s WAEC. The Governor also asked us to secure JAMB forms for all of them which is being done, we hope that all of them will do well to become eligible for University admission by end of the year” Satomi explained.

The Chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, said Governor Shettima had also asked the agency to secure the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board forms for all of the IDPs, which was being carried and hoped that all of them would do well to become eligible for University admission by the end of the year.

Source: Voice of Nigeria