The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said, this year National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) recorded a 65 percent failure rate.
This was disclosed on Monday by the Minister, who noted that 24,416 of the pupils who sat for the conducted National Common Entrance Examination, NCEE, passed with a minimum score of 66; A total of 46,164 pupils did not meet the minimum score — representing a 65 percent failure rate.
Adding, the Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), Godswill Obioma noted that 16,713 registered candidates were absent for the examinations.
“I will like to say that a total of 93,929 candidates registered for the examinations out of which 70,580 sat and 16,714 were unavoidably absent,” Mr. Obioma said.
On the issue of national merit cut off mark pegged at 142, the Adamu Adamu said;
“As has been the tradition for decades, the admission criteria include 60 percent on merit, 30 percent based on states’ representation in the unity colleges and the remaining 10 percent covers other sundry considerations.
“Consequently, in this year’s admission, the 60 percent merit-based admission will come first, followed by the 30 percent equality of states and 10 percent discretion.”