The minister of education Mallam Adamu Aduma has commended the female candidates who sat for the 2022 common entrance examination into unity colleges.
The minister of education who was represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr David Adejo stated this when he led some top ministry officials and NECO officials on a monitoring exercise to some centres in Abuja.
He said “Of the 69,000 plus, we have 36,855 female applicants while the balance of 32,000 plus are male,”.
On his assessment of the exercise, he noted that the examination has been hitch-free and peaceful.
He added that laid out standards will be followed in the selection of successful candidates.
“As far as Nigerian basic education is concerned, and in respect to the junior and secondary schools, the unity schools still remains the best, so for you to get into it, it has to be competitive.
“We are not looking at taking all the 69,000 plus, we are taking the best of the 69,000 plus and there are standards that measures what you take.
“So the standard and criteria have been put on ground, so I don’t see us having a problem with all that,” he said.
On his part, Prof. Ibrahim Wushishi, the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, NECO, confirmed that Lagos State recorded the highest number of registered candidates for this year’s examination.
“Lagos state registered the highest number of candidates with 19,516 candidates, while the least registered state is Kebbi with 74 candidates; they had 37 males and 37 females,” the NECO boss, who expressed delight over the seamless conduct of the examination, said.
No fewer than 69,828 pupils on Saturday sat for the 2022 National Common Entrance Examination (NECO) for admission into the nation’s 110 federal government colleges (Unity Schools).
Some of the centres visited included Government Secondary School, Lugbe; Junior Secondary School, Lugbe; and Federal Government College, Kwali, Abuja.