A total of 94,926 candidates registered for this year’s National Common Entrance Examination into Federal Government Unity Colleges and Federal Science and Technical Colleges nationwide.
The Registrar, National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof Promise Okpala, disclosed this yesterday while monitoring the conduct of the examination in centres within Abuja.
He said that Lagos State topped the list with 26,826 registered candidates, followed by Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with 18,726.
While saying that Adamawa State has the highest number of registered candidates for the examination in the North East with 318 candidates, Prof Okpala however, revealed that the Yobe, Zamfara and Borno States kept the rear with 176, 113 and 218 candidates respectively.
According to him: “This year, we are examining about 94,926 candidates as against 88, 444 of last year. There is improvement in the enrolment. It shows amongst other things that the public confidence in the kind of educational services provided by the Federal Unity Schools. Teaching and learning and the kind of environment where our children are kept appears to be better to the conviction of parents.
“The increase in enrolment may lead to increasing the number of classrooms, increase the number of teachers, increase the number of laboratories indefinitely.
Speaking to journalist while also monitoring the examination, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Director Basic and Secondary education Barr. Chike Uwaezuoke revealed that candidates who passed the examination would be subjected to another test.
“This is like the first stage, after the result is released those who qualify for the next stage would be invited; it used to be the practice in the 80’s and early 90’s. We want to make sure that the minister’s vision of having only those who merit it are brought on board.
He expressed satisfaction on the conduct of the examination “you can see, no external influence, the children are properly organized and they are doing their exam with their parents far away. We expect that the children will come out with results that belongs to them. (Leadership)