NUC Supports FG Streamlining NECO, JAMB0
The National Universities Commission (NUC), on Thursday, supported the Federal Government’s streamlining of the National Examination Council (NECO) and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The NUC executive secretary, Professor Julius Okojie, expressed the commission’s support in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
The Federal Government had resolved to scrap some of its agencies in line with the recommendations of the Stephen Oronsaye-led Presidential Committee on Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies.
Okojie said the decision by the Federal Government was not to merge NECO with WAEC, “but to restructure it.
“You can use the facilities in NECO to do the same examination under the same administrative setting.
“NECO is an alternative examination to the West Africa Examination or Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and we think it is possible to manage the two examinations under the same umbrella.
“This does not necessarily mean we are going to dismiss all the staff of NECO, no, but WAEC must be sustained for logistic reasons.
“A student has the option of writing examinations many times a year, just like one can write GCE London. So, NECO examination is supposed to be equivalent to WAEC,” the NUC boss said.
He said that WAEC was a sub-regional examination for West Africa, adding that countries in the region would not accept NECO result.
“For WAEC or SSCE, let’s see if we can do it four times a year, using the same facilities and I think government means well.”
Meanwhile, vice chancellor of the Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Professor Samson Ayanlaja, has stated that the recent decision by the Federal Government to scrap the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and National Examination Council (NECO) is a right step in the right direction.
According to him, individual universities organising their own entrance examination was a good idea because “from experience over the years, we have observed that the UTME organised by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) was fraught with so many problems.