The Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), Prof. Abdulrashid Garba, has explained why the cut-off marks for the National Common Entrance Examination(NCEE) into unity colleges varies from state to state.

Garba, who spoke to newsmen in Abuja after he monitored the National
Common Entrance interview into Federal Government Colleges, said that it
was not actually the score alone that determines whether a child
qualifies or not.

He said “In every state, ranking is done; if you want to admit 6000
students in a state for instance, then you rank from the score of the
first person to where the score of the 6000th person stops and that
becomes the cut-off mark.

“Performances vary from state to state; you hear parents say I am
from so and so state and my child score high but was not admitted but
another child from another state was admitted.

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“It is so because the cut -off marks for such disadvantaged states
are usually lower; there is a clear cut criteria and it is only for the
parents to know the criteria.

“These school are unity colleges which means you must take along all parts of the country,” he said.

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The registrar said that every part of Nigeria must be adequately
represented in those schools hence the variance in cut-off marks from
state to state. (NAN)

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