Ekiti State was declared the best performing state with over 96.31 per cent success in the recently released NECO results.
The Commissioner for Education, Jide Egunjobi said this on Saturday while addressing a news conference in Ado-Ekiti.
Egunjobi said the government introduced moderate tuition fees for students in schools.
He also said the government stopped the payment of NECO and WAEC fees for candidates after its realized that most students don’t take the examinations seriously, since they didn’t pay for them.
“Those who were paying for free registration in public exams without first inculcating discipline and hard work in the students did more harm than good for them.
“An unserious student whose parents never suffered to pay either school fees or WAEC and NECO money may not see reason in being serious and dedicated to his studies
“We found that it was the belief of such students that neither they nor their parents will lose anything after all, if they failed those exams since it was the government that would eventually bear the brunch.
“We backed all these up by fortifying the schools with the right type of books, instructional materials and accorded priority attention to teachers’ welfare.
“We also cancelled manual work such as grass cutting during school hours while our inspectorate division was strengthened to fish out lazy and complacent tutors,” he said.