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SSCE: FG to reposition NECO, others for optimal performance

The Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, has said that the Federal Government will reposition the National Examinations Council and other examination bodies in the…

The Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, has said that the Federal Government will reposition the National Examinations Council and other examination bodies in the country in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s plan to revive the entire education sector to achieve quality education.

The minister made this known at the commissioning of examination logistics vehicles, NECO Data and scanning centres among other projects as well as presentation of staff productivity award held at the headquarters of the National Examinations Council in Minna, Niger State.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Andrew David Adejoh, the minister said there was need to strengthen the examination bodies in the country to achieve proper assessment and performance of students at the basic level of education.

He said improving on the basic level of education was critical for survival of the entire education sector, calling for maximum support from stakeholders to achieve results.

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Earlier, the Registrar of the National Examinations Council, Professor Dantani Wushishi, said the Council had procured 70 new examination logistics vehicles to ensure seamless and timely delivery of examination materials to examination centres across the country.

He said logistics challenges usually cause delay, disrupt and hinder the smooth conduct of examinations.

Wushishi said the establishment and equipping the data and scanning centres was also a step to modernise sensitive data collection processes for efficiency and to safeguard the unauthorized access to examination data, among others.

He revealed that National Examinations Council had not received any appropriation for capital projects in the last 15 years, though the National Assembly had appropriated the council to construct seven additional state offices in Nasarawa, Rivers, Lagos, Sokoto, Taraba, Jigawa and Abia states, adding that the capital projects were being undertaken using Internally Generated Revenue.

 

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