Federal Government on Monday, cancelled the second test, otherwise known as National Common Entrance Examination (NCCE) conducted by the National Examination Council (NECO) for admission into Federal Government Colleges.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, announced the cancellation in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben Bem Goong, stating that the second test was an unnecessary additional financial burden on parents/guardians, describing it as unacceptable.
He added that:
“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 Minister of Education said the cancellation is with effect from the 2017/2018 academic year, therefore, directing the National Examinations Council (NECO) to strengthen its examination processes with a view to achieving a quality and credible National Common Entrance Examination for admission into unity schools at the first test.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday protested against the decision of the Federal Government to scrap the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
The Union warned that the scrapping “portends a serious danger for the quality of education in Nigeria, adding that the decision undermined the autonomy and powers of Universities’ Senate as the highest policy-making body on academic matters, particularly admission of students and award of degrees.
The President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who stated this in Abuja, added that the Federal Government did not consult the union on the matter.
It therefore called on the Federal Government to rescind its decision and convene a genuine stakeholders’ meeting on the issue before making any policy statement.