A total of 80,000 candidates have sat for the 2018 National Common Entrance Examination for admissions into the 104 Federal Government Colleges (Unity Schools) for 2018/2019 academic session.
Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, who monitored the exercise in Abuja today, Saturday April 14, said he was satisfied with the smooth conduct of the examination based on what he saw on ground and reports from other States of the Federation.
Anwukah, who was accompanied by the Registrar of National Examination Council (NECO), Professor Charles Uwakwe, Director Education Support Services, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Justina Ibe and other top officials of the Ministry, monitored the exercise at the Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3 and Government Secondary School, Tudun-Wada, Wuse Zone 4, all in Abuja.
He commended NECO for adequate arrangements for a hitch-free examination.
The NECO Registrar told newsmen that the examination went on smoothly across the States including the north eastern part of the country.
He said the team from the Council had left since Wednesday to the volatile States to ensure adequate preparation for the exercise.
Professor Uwakwe noted that the significant increase in the number of candidates that enrolled for the examination was as a result of the insistence of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu that the Council should keep open doors to allow more candidates register for the examination.
He said based on the Minister’s directive, the Council has allowed registration to go on, stating that he got information on Friday night that another 150 enrolled from one of the South East States.
He disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Education would determine the number of the candidates to be admitted based on the carrying capacity of the institutions.
The Registrar revealed that Lagos State has the highest number of candidates who registered for the examination, with over 25,000, even though; the consideration was not by the state of origin.
In the same vein, he said Zamfara State has the lowest number of candidates that enrolled for the examination.
He said the Council also made provision for children with special needs in line with the determination of the current administration to provide quality and inclusive education of the Nigerian children.
Source: Voice of Nigeria