The Osun Government on Tuesday said it had budgeted N400 million for the payment of the 2014 West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) fees of students in the state.
Mr Lawrence Oyeniran, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Education, said this in Osogbo during the 2014 budget defence before the House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation.
Oyeniran, who said 32,075 students would benefit, added that they must have 90 per cent class attendance to qualify for the gesture.
He also said the parents or guardians of the students must also have 70 per cent attendance at Parents Teachers Association(PTA) meetings.
Oyeniran further said that N350 million had been budgeted for bursary award for final year students of higher institutions.
He added that another N100 million had been earmarked for scholarship award for students embarking on Masters degree within or outside the country.
“Bursary would be paid to final year students who are indigenes of Osun schooling in any part of the country.
“Osun indigenes who may also want to pursue courses within or outside the country would be assisted through the scholarship scheme.
“For any student to qualify for the scholarship, he or she must have second class upper division,” Oyeniran said.