The Registrar of the National Examination
Council (NECO), Prof. Abdulrashid Garba,
has explained why the cut-off marks for the
National Common Entrance Examination
(NCEE) into unity colleges varies from state to state.
Following his(Garba) speech, he spoke to newsmen in Abuja after he monitored the National Common Entrance interview into Federal Government Colleges, said that it was not actually the score alone that determines
whether a child qualifies or not.
He said “In every state, ranking is done; if
you want to admit 6000 students in a state
for instance, then you rank from the score
of the first person to where the score of the
6000th person stops and that becomes the
“Performances vary from state to state; you
hear parents say I am from so and so state
and my child score high but was not
admitted but another child from another
state was admitted.
“It is so because the cut -off marks for such
disadvantaged states are usually lower;
there is a clear cut criteria and it is only for
the parents to know the criteria.
“These school are unity colleges which
means you must take along all parts of the
country,” he said.
The registrar said that every part of Nigeria
must be adequately represented in those
schools hence the variance in cut-off marks
from state to state. (NAN)