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FG SCRAPS COMMON ENTRANCE INTERVIEW TEST INTO UNITY SCHOOLS

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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has announced the
cancellation of the interview test for National Common Entrance
Examination (NCEE) into Federal Government colleges.
According to a  statement issued by the Federal Ministry of Education
on Monday in Abuja, the cancellation of the test for National common
Entrance Examination (NCEE) would take effect from the 2017/2018
academic year. Most Federal government colleges normally conduct another
test for students even after the National Common Entrance Examination
(NCEE).
The statement signed by the Deputy Director, Press, Bem Goong, said
the minister could not establish the rationale for a second test for
NCEE organised by the National Examination Council (NECO).
“The second test is an unnecessary additional financial burden on parents/guardians,” it quoted Mr. Adamu as saying.
“The era of multiple examinations attracting prohibitive fees cannot
be accommodated by the Buhari administration, especially against the
backdrop of government’s determination to increase access to education
as a platform for breaking the cycle of poverty.’’
These latest development means that students seeking admission into
Unity schools will not need to undergo another second test apart from
the National Common Entrance Examination organized by National
Examination Council (NECO).
The statement said Mr. Adamu had directed NECO to strengthen its
examination processes with a view to achieving quality and credible
examination for admission into unity schools at the first test.
It said the minister argued that multiple examinations did not
necessarily translate to the admission of quality pupils in secondary
schools.
The statement said Mr. Adamu maintained that the 2016/2017 academic
year remained the effective date for the ban on Post-UTME, advising
vice-chancellors to adhere strictly to the policy in the overriding
public interest.
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