18 April 2013

Nigeria: NECO Concludes Scanning, Grading of Common Entrance Scripts

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Students in Nigeria.

The Registrar, National Examination Council (NECO), Promise Okpala, has said the body has concluded scanning and grading of answer scripts of candidates who wrote the National Common Entrance Examination on Saturday.

Mr. Okpala, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos, said that the council completed work on the scripts three days after the examination held across the country. The examination was for admission of candidates into the Junior Secondary School 1 component of the 104 Unity colleges. In Lagos alone, over 20,000 candidates registered for the examination.

He said that after completing work on the scripts, they had been forwarded to the necessary authorities in the Federal Ministry of Education.

"We concluded our professional obligation as regards the entire exercise on Tuesday, and have since handed over the entire package to the Federal Ministry of Education. The process for admission is no longer in our hands. Stakeholders will have to exercise patience for the release of the results.

"When and who to contact now is solely the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Education. We have no business with the selection exercise but I know government has always done a good job in this regard over the years," he said.

Mr. Okpala noted that the ages, and in most cases, the innocence of the candidates who participated in the examination, had always facilitated its smooth conduct.

"You know this group is easily handled when it comes to external examination of this nature as most of them will not be found culpable in examination malpractice. In most of the centres, parents of these candidates were even shut out of the examination venues in order to ensure a smooth conduct of the exercise.

"I want to salute all the examiners, supervisors and security personnel who played a huge role in ensuring that the examination was successful," he said.

Some parents had appealed for an early release of the results, to give them adequate time to plan ahead.


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