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Posted: Apr 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



Innocent Oweh ABUJA

No fewer than 90,786 candidates sat for the National Examination Council (NECO) Common Entrance Examination nationwide on Saturday, April 16, 2015.

Out of the total number of candidates who sat for the examination in over 400 centres across the federation,only about 26,000 will eventually gain admission into the 104 Unity Colleges across Nigeria.

Minister of State for Education,Professor Anthony Anwuka, made the disclosure Saturday, when he monitored the examination in sime centres in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

According to the Minister,Lagos State recorded the highest enrolment with 25,963 candidates,who applied for the examination, while Zamfara had the least registration with 103 candidates.

Also, improvements in the fight against insurgency by the Federal Government reflected on the enrollment for the examination, with a total of 307 candidates registering for the examination in Borno State, 402 enrolled in Yobe and 347 in Adamawa, respectively.

Federal Government has, however, said there ae no plans to increase the number of Unity Colleges to accommodate more candidates.

Anwuka stated that, “The problem is not the number of Unity colleges, rather, we intend to focus on the quality of teachers, so as to boost the output, we are regulating the system in such a way that teachers who will be deployed to teach in these schools will not be doing so just because they lack other meaningful jobs.

Meanwhile,the Registrar and Chief Executive of NECO, Abdulrashid Garba, gave more statistics on the examination. He said the examination was conducted in 499 centres in Nigeria and one centre in Porto Novo, Benin Republic.

According to him, a total of 169 primary six candidates attending schools at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the three states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa sat for the examination.

Garba said the results are expected to be released by NECO to the Federal Ministry of Education on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, after which the ministry would direct NECO to release it to the public.

He said candidates who emerge successful in the entrance examination will be invited for selection at a later date to be announced by the examination body.