Not less than 92,591 candidates on Saturday sat for the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination nationwide with the hope of getting admission into the 104 Federal Government Colleges, also known as Unity Schools spread across the country.
Based on the available carrying capacity of the schools, the Federal Government has however, said only about 30,000 out of the 92,591 candidates would be offered admission representing a ratio of 1 out of 3 candidates that would be given admission at the end of the exercise.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu who monitored the conduct of the examination alongside, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of National Examination Council (NECO), Professor Godwill Obioma, commended NECO for the smooth and hitch-free conduct of the exercise.
Some of the schools monitored include, Government Secondary School, Wuse Zone 3, Government Day Secondary School, Maitama, and Model Secondary School, Maitama.
Adamu was particularly impressed by the adherence to COVID-19 protocols and guidelines across the 639 examination centres, saying he was delighted that both candidates and invigilators wore face masks, observed physical distancing with candidates sitting about 2 metres from one another as well as provision of washing hand water at strategic points with soap and hand sanitizers.
He explained that in spite of COVID-19 pandemic that hampered most activities, more than 92,000 candidates registered for the examination as against the 75,000 candidates that sat for the examination in 2019, adding that parents have now picked interest in the Unity Colleges because of the improvement in infrastructure as well as the quality of teaching and learning going in the schools in the last few years.
“More significantly, Zamfara has the highest number of applicants compare with any of the Northern state with a total of 1,740 candidates that registered for the examination. Last year, only about 74 candidates registered for the examination,” he said.
On carrying capacity of the schools, Echono urged parents not be disturbed as government was working to expand the facilities and the number of colleges, disclosing that this year only about six new Technical Colleges were created so as to be able to absorb more candidates.