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UK Universities Consider NECO Results for Admission of Nigerians

UK Universities Consider NECO Results for Admission of Nigerians | Daily Report Nigeria

Some universities in the United Kingdom are exploring the possibility of admitting Nigerian students based on their National Examination Council (NECO) results.

Professor Ibrahim Wushishi, the Registrar of NECO revealed that two UK universities have showed interest in using NECO examinations for admission purposes.

Specifically, Lead University and Birmingham City University have reached out to NECO to assess the credibility of its examinations.

While NECO has met the requirements set by Birmingham City University, discussions are ongoing with Lead City University.

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Furthermore, the Professor discussed the potential migration to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) and acknowledged the complexity of implementing CBT for NECO exams.

Unlike other examination bodies such as JAMB, which primarily use multiple-choice formats, NECO faced unique challenges due to the diverse range of subjects and papers it examines annually.

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Each year, nearly 1.5 million students take exams in 76 different subjects and over 150 different papers for admission into tertiary institutions.

Wushishi said:

For the fact that NECO is the largest examination body by virtue of the number of examinations we conduct, migrating to CBT is a critical issue.

“For JAMB, they are not examining candidates in so many subject areas, so they find it very easy to embrace CBT in their examinations and do multiple choice in their exams.

As far as NECO is concerned, if you look at the nature of our exams, particularly in SSCE internal for admissions into tertiary institutions, every year we examine students close to 1.5 million which is a large number.

For these 1.5 million candidates, we examine them in 76 different subjects and more than 150 different papers.

So if we look at the complexity of these exams, particularly the essays where we have different papers, going to CBT is something that experts need to sit down and look at the nitty gritty of the exams.

We have to do that gradually, and there are some areas in our exams we could start with, like the common entrance examination, which is multiple choice-based, but then we must look at the nitty gritty of doing that.”

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