The Minister of
Education, Adamu Adamu, hasannounced the cancellation of the interview test
for National Common Entrance Examination
(NCCE) into Federal Government colleges.
A statement issued by the Federal Ministry of
Education on Monday in Abuja said the
cancellation of the test for NCCE would take effect
from the 2017/2018 academic year.
The statement signed by the Deputy Director,
Press, Bem Goong, said the minister could not
establish the rationale for a second test for NCCE
organised by the National Examination Council
“The second test is an unnecessary additional
financial burden on parents/guardians,” it quoted
Mr. Adamu as saying.
“The era of multiple examinations attracting
prohibitive fees cannot be accommodated by the
Buhari administration, especially against the
backdrop of government’s determination to
increase access to education as a platform for
breaking the cycle of poverty.’’
The statement said Mr. Adamu had directed NECO
to strengthen its examination processes with a
view to achieving quality and credible
examination for admission into unity schools at
the first test.
It said the minister argued that multiple
examinations did not necessarily translate to the
admission of quality pupils in secondary schools.
The statement said Mr. Adamu maintained that
the 2016/2017 academic year remained the
effective date for the ban on Post-UTME, advising
vice-chancellors to adhere strictly to the policy in
the overriding public interest.