Kebbi Emerges State With Lowest Candidates As 68,828 Pupils Write Unity School Examination

Kebbi Emerges State With Lowest Candidates As 68,828 Pupils Write Unity School  Examination

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

Kebbi State had the lowest enrollment of candidates with 74 pupils out of the 69,828 that sat  for the 2022 National Common Entrance Examination (NECO) for admission into the 110 Unity Schools in the country.

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, National Examination Council (NECO) Prof. Ibrahim Wushishi  disclosed this when the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu led some top ministry officials to monitor the exercise in some centers in Abuja on Saturday.

Wushishi also disclosed that Lagos State recorded the highest number of registered candidates for the examination with 19,516 candidates.

“Lagos state registered the highest number of candidates with 19,516 candidates, while the least registered state is Kebbi with 74 candidates; they had 37 males and 37 females,” he said.

Earlier while speaking after the visit to Government Secondary School, Lugbe; Junior Secondary School, Lugbe; and Federal Government College, Kwali, Abuja, the minister noted that the examination was hitch-free and peaceful.

Adamu, who was represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, David Adejo added that out of the 69,828 candidates, there were more female applicants than their male in the examination. 

“Of the 69,000 plus, we have 36,855 female applicants while the balance of 32,000 plus are male,” he said.

On the admission and selection process, Adamu stated that laid out standards and criteria would strictly be adhered to pick  successful candidates.

“As far as Nigerian basic education is concerned, and in respect to the junior and secondary schools, the unity schools still remain the best, so for you to get into it, it has to be competitive.

“We are not looking at taking all the 69,000 plus, we are taking the best of the 69,000 plus and there are standards that measure what you take.

 “So the standard and criteria have been put on ground, so I don’t see us having a problem with all that,” he said.

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