EDUCATION: NECO Exams Now Compulsory For Public Schools, Says Ayade

In Breaking News, Education, National News

By CrossRiverWatch Admin

Cross River Governor, Benedict Ayade has said that all public examinations conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO) are now made compulsory for all public schools in the State reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Public schools in Cross River only register students for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examinations only at the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) level, a policy dating back to the early 2000s. This meant students with interest in registering NECO examinations had to apply through private schools.

And, the Head of Information and Public Relations Division of NECO, Mr Azeez Sani in a statement issued on Tuesday quoted Ayade to have given the approval, following a request made to that effect by NECO Registrar, Prof. Dantani Wushishi, during a courtesy visit to the Governor in Calabar.

He said that the examinations involved were the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE), Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

The governor, who expressed satisfaction with the performance of Cross River indigents in NECO SSCE in the last five years, said there was, therefore, the need for the state to key into all NECO conducted examinations.

He commended NECO for improving on the quality of education in the country and assured the council that the Cross River government would continue to support NECO to enable her deliver on its mandate.

Prof. Wushishi, who also serves as NECO’s Chief Executive, had earlier commended the state government for its positive disposition to the council.

He explained that NECO being the only national indigenous examination body in the country deserved the support of all Nigerians.

(NAN)

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