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MINISTRY OF EDUCATION COMMENDS ZAMFARA STATE FOR HIGH LEVELS OF IMPROVEMENT IN EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS

The Federal Ministry of Education has commended Zamfara state as it recorded high levels of improvement as it moved from the least state with the number of registered students to number 14 As students write the 2020 common entrance for admission into Federal Government Colleges across the country.

The ministry made the commendation during the monitoring of the examinations by the ministry and the National Examination Council (NECO).

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny Echono called on other states who were yet to do well to improve more as the carrying capacity had been increased to 30,000.

He expressed satisfaction over the rising standards and called on stakeholders to do the right thing to expand the schools.

According to the Permanent Secretary, they have more than 92,000 applicants for these examinations which jumped from between 72,000 and 75,000 we have had concurrently for three years.

Arch Echono said the government had approved for three years to have 16 technical schools that would boost technical education in the country while also calling for an improved mechanism within the schools.

NECO Registrar, Prof. Godswill Obioma said that deepening awareness of the council had resulted in an increase in the number of registered candidates compared to previous years.

Prof Obioma also said that 284 internal monitors were deployed by the council and as well as the deployment of 295 external monitors by the ministry of education for the conduct of the examinations in order to maintain standards

He said NECO did a lot of visibility campaign to reinstate confidence in the public which means NECO has now come to light, so we see an upsurge from clientele, parents, and students.

The registrar however said that the council had proposed a five-year strategic plan which includes the use of IT in the conduct of its examinations.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu commended the students for their comportment in the examination while expressing satisfaction with the observance of COVID-19 protocols as stated by the Federal Government, and promised that the results would be ready as soon as possible.

On the regularisation of the academic calendar caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mallam Adamu noted that Federal Government Colleges would resume for new academic calendar in 2022 after completing the 2019/2020 session in December.

BY: PRINCESS SOBURAT

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