FG can­cels NECO sec­ond test for unity schools

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mis­bahu Bashir

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter, Malam Adamu Adamu, yes­ter­day an­nounced the can­cel­la­tion of the sec­ond test, oth­er­wise known as na­tional com­mon en­trance screen­ing test, con­ducted by the Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (NECO) for ad­mis­sion into Fed­eral Govern­ment Col­leges.

The min­is­ter had ear­lier in­val­i­dated post-UTME con­ducted by uni­ver­si­ties.

He said in a state­ment signed by the min­istry’s Deputy Di­rec­tor, Press and Pub­lic Re­la­tions, Mr. Ben Bem Goong, that the can­cel­la­tion was with ef­fect from the 2017/2018 aca­demic year. He said the sec­ond test was an un­nec­es­sary ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial bur­den on par­ents and guardians, ‘de­scrib­ing it as un­ac­cept­able.’

“The era of mul­ti­ple ex­am­i­na­tions at­tract­ing pro­hib­i­tive fees can­not be ac­com­mo­dated by the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion, es­pe­cially against the back­drop of govern­ment’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to in­crease ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion as a plat­form for break­ing the cy­cle of poverty,” the state­ment said.

The Min­is­ter said that the 2017/2018 ef­fec­tive date for the can­cel­la­tion of the sec­ond NECO test was in­formed by the fact that this year’s ex­er­cise had al­ready been con­cluded.

He said the 2016/2017 aca­demic year re­mained the ef­fec­tive date for the ban on post-UTME and ad­vised vice chan­cel­lors to ad­here strictly to the pol­icy.

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