National Common Entrance Examination: How 3 Candidates From Anambra, Enugu, Lagos Emerge Overall Best

…As NECO Releases Results


The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has received the results of  the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) from the  National Examinations Council (NECO) with Three students from Anambra, Enugu and Lagos state scoring the highest .

While presenting the results to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu Monday in Abuja, the  Registrar and Chief Executive of NECO, Prof. Godswill Obioma, said  the council has fixed the national cut off marks at 142.

The registrar said a total of 70,580 candidates sat for the examination nationwide, out of which 24,416 candidates passed, scoring a minimum of 66.

He added that 16,713 candidates were absent due to the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country recently.

In his response after receiving the result the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu said he was delighted with the speed in  which the leadership of NECO conducted the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination despite the setbacks occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the #EndSARS protest.

The minister said he has directed principals of the 104 unity schools to complete both the merit based (60%) and (30%) of equality of states’ admissions within 72 hours of receipt of results.

He also said the government has increased the capacity of the colleges to 26, 625 having added 720 slots with the establishment of six more Federal Science and Technical Colleges across the six geo-political zones.

Adamu said: “As has been the tradition for decades, the admission criteria include 60% strictly on merit, 30% based on states’ representation in the unity colleges and the remaining 10% to cover other sundry considerations such as Special needs candidates, gender, local community and biological children of teachers, PTA, SBMC, and old students organisations.
“Consequently, in this year’s admission, the 60% merit based admission will come first, followed by the 30% equality of states and 10% discretion.

“I have therefore, directed that within 72 hours of the receipt of the results, principals are to complete both the merit based (60%) and (30%) of equality of states’ admissions.”

The minister said a selection meeting which will hold at a designated date and venue will deal with the shopping and swapping of candidates to meet the 30% states representation as much as possible.

Adamu warned the selection committee to adhere strictly to approved carrying capacity of each school without exception so as to  avoid congestion of our classrooms. 

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