Only 28 candidates register for Common Entrance in Zamfara – FG cries out

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu expressed his worry over low number of candidates seeking admission into Federal secondary schools in Zamfara as only 28 candidates registered for common entrance exam in the state.

In a statement released by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Education, Priscillia Ihuoma noted that only 28 candidates from Zamfara State registered for the examination compare to 24,465 from Lagos.

Mallam Adamu Adamu Plead with state governments, heads of schools and interest groups to persuade school-age children in the areas with low registration to register for the examination, he said that a directive had been given to leave the portal open for registration until April 13.

“The report further shows three states with the highest number of pupils registered so far are: Lagos with 24,465 candidates, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with 7,699 and Rivers State with 4,810 candidates respectively. On the other hand, three states with extreme low registration are Zamfara with only 28 candidates, Kebbi, 50 and Taraba, 95 candidates respectively.”

This is not the first time Zamfara state is in the news for low participation and poor academic performance.

In January 2018, it was reported that only 24 out of 186 candidates passed NECO in Zamfara state.

Zamfara State records the worst result; only 24 out of the 186 candidates obtained five credits and above, representing 12.90 per cent,

The statement read as followed:

Ahead of the 2018 National Common Entrance Examination for admission of candidates into the 104 Federal Government colleges on Saturday, April 14, the minister has expressed worry over low registration for the examination so far.

According to him, the report of a meeting of major stakeholders in the education sector said candidates registered in 2018 stood at 71,294 as against 80,421 that wrote the examination in 2017.

The report further shows three states with the highest number of pupils registered so far are: Lagos with 24,465 candidates, the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with 7,699 and Rivers State with 4,810 candidates respectively. On the other hand, three states with extreme low registration are: Zamfara with only 28 candidates, Kebbi, 50 and Taraba, 95 candidates respectively.

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