As students sit for the Senior School Certificate Examination of the National Examination Council, NECO, nationwide, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono has expressed dissatisfaction over the poor examination facilities in most Nigerian Schools.
Disclosing this during the monitoring of the conduct of the ongoing internal NECO exams in Abuja Thursday, Echono encouraged schools to not only keep exam halls clean but also make them comfortable places for students to write exams.
The Permanent Secretary, who noted there was a marginal improvement in the lighting and ventilation in the two schools visited, Government Secondary School Garki, Abuja and Federal Government Boys College Apo, Abuja, also observed with dismay that, some examination desks and hall tiles were broken.
According to him, molding the children is not only in academics but also in their character and environment.
“We are concerned about places they write exams. I saw marginal improvement in terms of lightening and ventilation of examination hall but still, bot satisfy with the facilities of the exam like a desk, some are broken down even the halls themselves, the broken tiles,” he said.
He encouraged schools to make sure hygiene and cleanliness are part of the exam arrangements.
Stressing the need to embrace technical education, Echono revealed that NECO and NABTEB registration numbers dropped due to economic hardship in the country and the widespread acceptance of WAEC over the two aforementioned.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that 1.3million students registered for 2021 SSCE against 1.5 that registered last year.
Echono blamed the state government for being responsible for the low registration, saying that most NECO candidates lack support as states are still owing them, therefore, called for full enforcement to ensure that they are supported.
“Economic hardship is what parents complain about the number of exams they register for. Parents register for WAEC due to the general belief that WAEC is widely accepted both outside the country than NECO but both of them have the same recognition nationally. But when it comes to kids going abroad WAEC is higher than NECO which explains the decision parents take when they are unable to pay for the two examinations. The same with what NABTEB is suffering from,” he said.
Speaking on the security situation of schools, Echono said the Nigerian government has put all the necessary security measures to ensure that schools are safe.
He said the report of the Sub Committee on the provision of security for schools will soon be submitted.
Echono also revealed that the government is involving Police and vigilante groups to ensure schools are safe.
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