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Anambra Student Emerges Overall Best Candidate as Education Minister Announces NCEE Results

Written by Akeem Alao

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has announced the results of the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE).

While announcing the results in Abuja on Monday November 16, 2020, Adamu disclosed that about 24,416 candidates scored a minimum of 66.

He added that the total capacity of the 110 unity colleges which stood at 26,625 has added additional 720 slots.

He announced that the overall best student is Umeonyiagu Crucifixio, an indigene of Anambra, who scored 199 out of 200.

Adamu stated that Onwuamanan Udochukwu from Imo scored 198 and Aderemilekun Salaam from Ogun scored 197.

“As it has been the tradition for decades, the admission criteria include 60 per cent on merit, 30 per cent based on states’ representation in the unity colleges and the remaining 10 per cent covers other sundry considerations.

“Consequently, in this year’s admission, the 60 per cent merit-based admission will come first, followed by the 30 per cent equality of states and 10 per cent discretion.

“I have, therefore, directed that within 72 hours of the receipt of the results, all principals are to complete both the merit based (60 per cent) and the 30 per cent of equity of states’ admission,” Adamu said.

“The selection meeting to be held at a designated date and venue will deal with the shopping and swapping of candidates to meet the 30 per cent states representation as much as possible,’’ he added.

The minister directed the selection committee to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols by following the carrying capacity of each school without exception.

He maintained that it will help to avoid congestion in classrooms and protect the children against the pandemic.

While presenting the result to the Minister, NECO Registrar, Prof. Godswill Obioma, said that the examination was conducted under the supervision of external auditors.

Obioma said that 16,714 candidates were absent for the examinations due to the EndSARS protests.

“Everything was monitored, supervised by external auditors.

“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.

“Following the profile of grading of marking, we will like to inform the minister that we have done the analysis based on states of domicile, origin and other considerations,’’ he said.

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Akeem Alao

Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.

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