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IDPs write UTME, WASSCE, NECO in Edo

About 200 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) students in Edo State camp have registered for the 2017 basic public examinations, including the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

 

Mr Solomon Folorunsho who is the camp director said this on Tuesday during an interview with with journalists in Ohogua, Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo.

The other examinations were National Examination Council (NECO) and West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC).

Folorunsho also said that 50 IDPs are writing ongoing UTME, 75 others have written the recent West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) while 75 students were registered to write this year’s National Examination Council (NECO).

The coordinator who is also a pastor at the International Christian Centre (ICC), said the ICC had spent over N3 million to register the students for the

examinations.

“You may be wondering why we have less number for the UTME. We had wanted to register all of them even with the paucity of funds, but some of them wanted to see the results of their WAEC and NECO before they register for the UTME.

“In spite of this, I am happy to say that some of them who wrote the ongoing UTME did extremely well.

“From the scores we have gotten so far, we have had 266 and 246; in fact, many of them scored above 200. They are simply the best set of children I have had since I started this camp in 1992.”

Folorunsho expressed gratitude to individuals and organisations that had supported the camp since it started admitting.

“We have engaged and have been responsible for the payment of teachers who put these children through in their studies.

“We do this from the church offering and donations from individuals. Recently however, we got some support from the Victims Support Fund.

“We try as much as possible not to disrupt their education even in the face of paucity of fund.

“Take for instance, we have been spending a lot to get those of them that registered for the UTME to their various centres.

“We have most of them scattered in various parts of the state like Okada, Abudu and far distances to write their examination,” Folorunsho said.

 

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