The 2018 Common Entrance Examinations witnessed higher enrollment of 79,887 candidates compared to 2017 with enrollment of 78,378, while candidates with special needs were also given adequate consideration.
Prospective students for the Junior Secondary School (JSS) I of the 104 Unity Colleges in the country on Saturday sat for the examination organised by the National Examinations Council (NECO).
The examination recorded the highest participation of pupils from Lagos State with 25, 800, while Zamfara state has the lowest participation of 28.
The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, who monitored some of the examination centres in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), observed that the examinations were conducted in good environments, while commending NECO for a hitch-free exercise.
According to him, the exam is taking place all over the country unlike that of 2017 in which the examinations was restricted in Borno and Adamawa states due to activities of the insurgents.
“I came here to find out whether the exam is going on well and whether the candidates are well accommodated and the environment is good enough for them to take the exams.
“And I have just confirmed that. They are doing the exam in atmosphere conducive. I am also impressed with what I am seeing here.
He added the number of successful candidates in the examination would determine the number of candidates to be admitted into the government secondary schools nationwide.
Prof. Charles Uwakwe, the NECO Registrar, said the examination was taking place across the country with adequate security in place.
He said the examination recorded the highest enrollment of pupils from Lagos State with 25, 800, while Zamfara state has the lowest enrolment of 28.
“In my assessment, the enrolment is very satisfactory and the minister insisted that as matters of principle, we must keep the doors opened so that nobody will be disenfranchised.
“There is no problem of enrollment in Borno State; they even had the head start in the Northeast.
“79,887 is the current figure of enrollment. The state with the highest enrollment is Lagos with 25,800 enrolments and the lowest is Zamfara.
The minister added that there was also provision for students with special needs, saying that when the documentation was done we tried to put them into consideration
He said the ministry would determine the number of candidate to be admitted based on their performances in the examination.
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