By Joy Odor
The Minister of Education, Alhaji Adamu Adamu has revealed that the females ranked the highest number of candidate registered for the just concluded 2022 National Common Entrance Examination (NECO) for admission into the 110 Federal Government Colleges across the Country.
The Minister who made this known when he led top Ministry and NECO officials on a monitoring exercise to some centres in Abuja on Saturday informed that out of the 69,828 candidates that sat for the exam, 36,855 are female applicants while the balance of 32,000 plus are male.
Alhaji Adamu was of the opinion that the examination monitored so far in some centers was hitch-free and peaceful, maintaining that the laid out standards and criterias would strictly be adhered to in the selection of the successful candidates.
The Minister explained that the unity schools still remains the best as far as Nigerian basic education is concerned and have to be competitive.
As far as Nigerian basic education is concerned, and in respect to the junior and secondary schools, the unity schools still remains the best, so for you to get into it, it has to be competitive.
“We are not looking at taking all the 69,000 plus, we are taking the best of the 69,000 plus and there are standards that measures what you take.
“So the standard and criteria have been put on ground, so I don’t see us having a problem with all that,” he said.
Contributing, the NECO Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Ibrahim Wushishi confirmed that Lagos State recorded the highest number of registered candidates for this year’s examination with 19,516 candidates.
He added that Kebbi State recorded the lowest with 74 candidates with 37 males and 37 females.
“Lagos state registered the highest number of candidates with 19,516 candidates, while the least registered state is Kebbi with 74 candidates; they had 37 males and 37 females,” he said.
The centres visited by the Minister included Government Secondary School Lugbe, Junior Secondary School Lugbe and Federal Government College, Kwali Abuja.