FG Restates Plans To Reduce Number Of Out-Of-School Children


The Federal Government hopes to increase the number of spaces in unity schools as a measure to accommodate more out-of-school children in the country.

This move was made known by the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono in Abuja during the 2019 National Common Entrance Examination on Saturday.

He explained that each time there is an increase; the government had to recruit more teachers and provide more classrooms because every child deserves an opportunity to go to school.

“Part of our intervention is to ensure that we bring more children into the school system and reduce the number of kids who are out of school. We are having so many programmes and one of them is to increase the spaces available in our unity colleges.

“Each time we do this; there are other consequential interventions that are needed; additional classrooms, teachers.”

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Unlike 2018 which had 81,451 candidates write the exam, 2019 had a drop to 75,636; with Lagos state having the highest number of registration, while Zamfara had the least.

Acting Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), Abubakar Gana explained that the drop is due to political activities witnessed in the country.

“So far this year, we registered 75,635 as of Friday. But there is a drop because of the political situation in the country. Usually, this is an exam that has links with politics; everybody is struggling to ensure that his own candidate has gotten admitted into Federal school because of the quota issue.

“At such, the politicians that are used to bankrolling candidates for these exams were busy in the field,” he maintained.

Lagos state which had 25,751 registered candidates in 2018, dropped by 2,292 students to 23,459.

Zamfara maintained the least state with the number of registration with 59 students.

Unity schools are expected to admit only 24,385 students for the 2019 session across the country as the results are expected to be published on May 1, 2019.

35 Prison Inmates Register For NECO Exams In Ogun

NECO Releases 2018 SSCE Results

Prison inmates numbering 35 have registered in Ogun State for the 2018 National Examination Council (NECO).

The Nigerian Prisons Service, Ogun State Command, in a statement signed on Tuesday by its spokesperson, Victor Oyeleke, said the 35 inmates were drawn from three of the six prisons in the state.

Oyeleke added that the registration of the inmates is the maiden one after the recent approval of Old Abeokuta Prison Ibara as the centre for the exam.

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“The approval is made possible through efforts of the welfare officer of the Old Abeokuta Prison Ibara, ASP Abdulhakeem Awesu who is also the education coordinator of the prison.

”It will be recalled that 21 inmates of the prison were on June 29, 2018, enrolled to study various tuition-free courses in the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).  64 inmates were on June 2nd, 2018 awarded vocational certificates while 69 of them successfully completed NCE program last year,” he said.

He added that these were made possible with the support of the religious bodies and individuals. He also appealed to others to emulate in assisting to reshape the minds of the prison inmates.

The examination will commence on November 15, 2018.

The inmates registered for subjects in Arts, Sciences, and Commercials. Eight inmates registered from Ilaro Prison, five from Ijebu Ode Prison while 22 are from Old Abeokuta Prison Ibara.

Governor Ahmed Says Human Capital Development Will Boost Education

Governor ahmed, state higher institutionsThe governor of Kwara State, Mr Abdulfatah Ahmed, has emphasised the need to exploit Nigeria’s human capital development to improve the education system.

Governor Ahmed made the submission at a meeting held at the Government House in Ilorin, with officials of the National Examination Council (NECO) officials led by the Registrar, Professor Charles Nwaikwe.

He pointed out that the council’s roles were critical to human capital development of youths.

While lamenting the high rate of youth unemployment in Nigeria, Governor Ahmed suggested that the youths should be trained so as to bridge the gap and ensure that people that are trained are employable.

“We will also exploit other ways by which we can improve on our support for NECO and other agencies that are development partners in our human capital development because, be that as it may, we know that education system in Nigeria has gone through a lot of metamorphosis and we have not been able to, as a country, articulate our human capital needs and human capital training programmes.

“That is why you see a lot of unemployed youths, unfortunately lots of them are unemployable because there is a huge gap between the training and the needs,” he pointed out.

The governor, however, stressed that there was the need to bridge the gap and ensure that those trained were employable.

Ekiti Tops National Examination Performance Ranking

Fayose,Committee Report, Welfare Of TeachersA ranking of the National Examination Council (NECO) in the last June/July 2016 senior secondary students’ examination showed that Ekiti topped the other states in Nigeria.

The feat triggered a visit to the state’s governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose by stakeholders in the education sector in Ekiti State, including members of the all Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools.

The various leaders of the sectors described the feat achieved by the State as a manifestation of Governor Fayose’s proactive steps to reposition and improve the standard of education in the state.

At the inception of Fayose’s administration on October 16, 2014, the government expressed so much concern about the deteriorating standard of education in the state.

In 2015, Governor Fayose introduced the Ekiti Education Summit where critical stakeholders in the educational sector came together to address the issues affecting the sector and proffer a lasting solution.

At the end of the summit resolutions were passed in which the Governor gave an immediate directive for its implementation.

One year down the lane, Ekiti became first in the just released result
of the National Examination Council with 96.48 performance in the body’s ranking.

The principals of secondary schools also urged Governor Fayose to sustain the success.

The Chairman, School Base Management Committee, Sylvester Adeyanju, also commended Governor Fayose for his efforts.

Governor fayose in his remarks, dedicated the state’s success at the
NECO examination to all teachers in the state.

NECO had on September 16 released the 2016 June/July Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

It said 88.51% of the candidates obtained five credit pass and above, including English Language and General Mathematics.

The Registrar and CEO of NECO, Professor Charles Uwakwe, announced the release of the results on Friday in Minna, Niger State’s capital in north-central Nigeria.

He noted that there was a 20% increase in the general performance of candidates in 2016, as compared with 2015.

The Registrar said that 905,011 of the 1,022,474 students that sat for the examination in Nigeria and other countries got five credits and above while 84.54% got credit pass and above in English Language and 80.16% obtained credit pass and above in General Mathematics.

NECO Records Great Improvement In 2016 SSCE

NECO SSCEThe National Examination Council (NECO) has released the 2016 June/July Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

NECO says 88.51% of the candidates obtained five credit pass and above including English Language and General Mathematics.

The Registrar and CEO of NECO, Professor Charles Uwakwe, announced the release of the results on Friday in Minna, Niger State’s capital in north-central Nigeria.

He noted that there was a 20% increase in the general performance of candidates in 2016, as compared with 2015.

The Registrar disclosed that 905,011 of the 1,022,474 students that sat for the examination in Nigeria and other countries got five credits and above while 84.54% got credit pass and above in English Language and 80.16% obtained credit pass and above in General Mathematics.

He, however, said that 194 schools were involved in mass cheating while 14 schools had been derecognised by NECO for examination malpractice, even as 76 subjects were examined.

Professor Uwakwe decried the rates at which schools were involved in malpractices and cheating and warned that any school caught would be derecognised.

He attributed the increased performance of students in the examination to the contributions from NECO staff and his predecessors, who he said had laid a good foundation and the seriousness of the students.

The NECO boss stated further that the examination body would not reduce its standard in any way, especially as it intended to make its mark in the global assessment industry.

“I want to solicit for support from all our stakeholders.

“NECO should be seen as a Nigerian baby that requires the care and support of all, to enable her attain that first class international status.

“We are working hard to ensure NECO makes her mark in the global assessment industry,” he said.

Professor Uwakwe asked the candidates to access their results on www.necoexams.com with their examination registration numbers.

NECO Donates Boreholes, Learning Materials To Communities In Niger

NECO, NigerThe National Examination Council (NECO) headquarters in Minna has donated two boreholes and learning materials to the host communities in Gidan Mangoro and Gbaganako, Chanchaga local government areas of Niger State.

The Registrar/CEO of NECO, Professor Abdulrashid Garba, commissioned the boreholes and presented the learning materials to the indigent students of Day Secondary School, Gbada, in Gidan Mangoro LGA.

He said that the idea was born out of NECO’s social responsibility to maintain cordial relationship with the host communities.

Professor Garba explained that benefiting students who were identified and provided with learning materials were drawn from the only public secondary school in Gbada while they selected base on the test conducted by the Council.

According to him, three SS3 students who had earlier paid NECO 2016 SSCE (June/July) fee of 11,550 Naira were refunded their money while other three SS2 students were presented with textbooks, notebooks and mathematical sets.

He said further that three other indigent students each from JS1 to 3 were equally selected and received textbooks, notebooks, school uniform, a pair of canvass, a pair of stockings, school bag and two singlets each.

Garba reiterated the commitment of the Council to extending the same gesture of corporate social responsibility to other communities in the state.

The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, who was represented by the Commissioner of Education, Fatima Madugu, appreciated the good gesture of the NECO management, saying it would go a long way in sustaining their cordial relationship.

She urged the Council not to restrict the gesture to only host communities, noting that two public schools each have been earmarked from the three geo-political zones of the state to be renovated to UNESCO standard.

The Village Head of Gidan Mogoro, Adamu Marafa, in his remark commended NECO for the foresight. He appealed to the students and people of the community to make good use of the materials.

FG Vows To Eliminate Quackery In Teaching Profession   

Teaching ProfessionThe federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to eliminate quackery in the teaching profession as steps are being taken to ensure that only qualified teachers are allowed to teach in the nation’s education sector.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, said this in Abuja shortly after monitoring the entrance examination into unity colleges, organized by the National Examination Council (NECO).

He said that the days of the teaching profession being an all comers’ affair is now over.

The Registrar of the National Examination Council, Mr Abdullahi Garba, who also monitored the conduct of the examination in Abuja announced plans by the council to embrace Computer Based Testing (CBT) starting with Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE).

NECO Results Show Slight Improvement In Performance

Promise Okpala.The National Examination Council (NECO) has announced a slight improvement in its 2014 May June Senior School Certificate Examination results.

Releasing the results at the Council headquarters in Minna, the Niger State capital, the Registrar, Professor Promise Okpala, said  52 Per cent of 989, 622 candidates, who sat for the examinations, scored credit pass and above in the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, compared to 48 per cent last year.

“We have to use those who made five credits, including English and Mathematics, as a measure of  quality of education at the secondary level.

“The whole trend is an indication that the efforts being made by Mr President, the Federal Ministry of Education, under the leadership of our two ministers and other stakeholders to improve the quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools are beginning to yield result,” Professor Okpala said.

He also mentioned that 16 school had been blacklisted by the council for their involvement in clear Examination malpractices.

WAEC Is Better Than NECO – Prof Osarenren

A former Commissioner of Education, Prof. Ngozi Osarenren has said that the regional examination body WAEC (West African Examination Council) is better and more effective than its Nigerian counterpart, National Examination Council (NECO).

Speaking as a guest on Sunrise Daily, the Professor of Counseling and Psychology with University of Lagos questioned the need for Nigeria to have an indigenous examination body stating that the regional examination body is better.

Prof. Osarenren’s statement is coming on the heels of a federal government policy to dislodge NECO and a number of agencies in its bid to cut the cost of governance.

“What we should be talking about is the sanctity and credibility of our exams; not the duplicity of exam bodies.” Prof. Osarenren stated as she decried the establishment of NECO just to soothe Nigeria’s somewhat national pride for the sake of having its own national examination body.

“If we want to say the truth, we have to first of all start with a proper assessment and evaluation of the activities of NECO since 1999 since it was set up. Has it met the objectives?”

She opined that the regional examination body, WAEC is more competitive and better and can be used in any region of the continent as it is the same exam written across the West African sub-region.

Scrapping of JAMB

Prof. Osarenren confirmed that Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) will now be assuming a supervisory role as reported by the new federal government policy.

She however stated that the idea would be good only “if honesty is raised to what it ought to be” warning that just the restructuring of JAMB shouldn’t be the major but an overhaul the admission policy into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

According to the academician “only 40 per cent of candidates are admitted on merit.”

She further revealed that admissions are currently awarded on the following basis: 40 per cent on merit, 30 per cent on catchment, 30 per cent on Educationally Less Developed States (ELDS).

She expressed fears that with such admission procedure, Nigeria’s educational system will never be rated world class except admissions are awarded on merit.

She lamented the failure of Nigeria to be rated among the top 10 universities in Africa despite the myriad of institutions in the country.

Candidates Record Improved Performance As NECO Releases Results

For the third year in a row, the National Examinations Council (NECO) has recorded improvement in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSSCE).

Releasing the November/December 2012 SSSCE results at the Commission’s headquarters in Minna, the Niger State capital, the Registrar, Promise Okpala said 50 per cent of the over 75,000 candidates who sat for the examinations scored credit pass and above in the core subjects of English and Mathematics contrary to less than 15 per cent four years ago.

He said what was, however, worrisome was the mass failure recorded in the science subjects, as less than 15 percent scored credit pass and above in Physics, Further Mathematics, Biology and Agricultural science.

Also worrisome, he noted, was that only 13 per cent of the candidates that sat for both Christian Religious and Islamic Studies scored credit pass and above.