FG set to restrict underage candidates from sitting for the common entrance exams

FG hike Unity schools’ fees to ₦100,000

To ensure that candidates who are underage are not admitted to Unity schools, more stringent measures will be implemented.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education Andrew Adejoh made this announcement while supervising the 2023 common entrance exams for Unity Schools in Abuja on Saturday. Both the test administration and planning were done by the National Examination Council.

I have a few suggestions for parents at this time, and I kindly want you to share them with all the families you know, according to Adejo. Our future generations are killed when adolescents are permitted to sit the Common Entrance Examination. “Three of the kids I saw, who are under the age of 10, accepted that they were nine years old. One of the many things we are doing is instilling harmful values in the kids. Exam success is not the goal of education. Learning, and teaching character development are all parts of education.

 “Allow our children to wait till they are mature enough to take the test; we’ll make sure NECO takes the necessary precautions. We didn’t want to get to the point where we have to tell someone to “bring a copy of your birth certificate,” but here we are. We can omit some of these details on our end if you upload the child’s birth certificate together with the registration form.

The Permanent Secretary said that this year, 38,000 more girls than in previous years registered for the Common Entrance Examination, demonstrating the success of the Federal Government’s and other institutions’ efforts to support girls’ education.

The organization of the exam, according to Professor Dantani Wushishi, Registrar of NECO, was generally peaceful and seamless

According to Wushishi, while 72,821 Pupils have registered for the 2023 National Common Entrance Examination, Kebbi had the lowest registration with only roughly 115 candidates signed up. Lagos State had the highest enrollment, followed by the FCT.

He stated that the Council would implement procedures to examine some of the apparent loopholes brought on by a spike in registrations the day prior to the exam.


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