Nigerian admission seekers excited as UK universities consider NECO results for international students

Some universities in the United Kingdom are considering admitting Nigerian students with National Examination Council (NECO) results.

The Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof. Ibrahim Wushishi disclosed disclosed this in abuja during an interactive session with Education correspondents.

Wushishi said Lead University and Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom have reached out to NECO for information on its examinations.

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He said the two universities have reached out to know the level of credibility of NECO examinations, so as to be used for admission.

He disclosed that NECO has met the requirements from the Birmingham university, whereas, process is still on with the Lead City University.

The NECO registrar also spoke about the digitalisation and the potential migration to Computer-Based Testing (CBT), acknowledging its complexity to NECO examinations.

He disclosed that nearly 1.5 million students take exams in 76 different subjects and over 150 different papers annually for admissions into tertiary institutions, considering the possibility of CBT.

The professor said the challenges that come with CBT should be thoroughly dealt with in relation to NECO unlike other examination bodies like JAMB that primarily use multiple-choice formats.

“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,” Wushishi said.

“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.

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“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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