NECO releases 2020 common entrance examination results

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Godswill Obioma, National Examinations Council (NECO) Registrar
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The National Examinations Council has released the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination results and fixed the national cut off marks at 142.

The Registrar and Chief Executive of NECO, Prof. Godswill Obioma, while presenting the results to the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu in Abuja on Monday, said three students got the highest scores.

They were Umeonyiagu Chinua Crucifixion from Anambra State (199), Onwuamanam Udochukwu from Enugu State (198), and Salaam Mariam Aderemilekun from Lagos State (197).

According to him, a total of 70,580 candidates sat for the examination nationwide, out of which 24,416 candidates passed, scoring a minimum of 66.

Obioma said, “16,713 candidates were absent due to the #EndSARS protests that rocked the country recently.”

After receiving the results, Adamu said he was delighted with the speed with which the leadership of NECO conducted the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination despite the setbacks occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19 and the #EndSARS protest.

He said that with the Unity Colleges now 110, admissions carrying capacity has been shored up to 26,625 for the current academic year.

Adamu said, “I understand that a total of 70,580 candidates sat for the examination, out of which 24,416 candidates passed, scoring a minimum of 66. I noted also that the total carrying capacity of our 110 Unity Colleges now stands 26,625, having added 720 slots with the establishment of six more Federal Science and Technical Colleges across the six geopolitical zones.

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“As has been the tradition for decades, the admission criteria include 60 percent strictly on merit, 30 percent based on states’ representation in the Unity Colleges and the remaining 10 percent to cover other sundry considerations such as special needs candidates, gender, local community and biological children of teachers, PTA, SBMC and old students organizations, etc.

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

“I have, therefore, directed that within 72 hours of the receipt of the results, principals are to complete both the merit-based (60 percent) and 30 percent of equality of state admission.

“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 percent state representation as much as possible.”

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