The Federal Government has affirmed its desire to salvage the educational calendar as it has announced dates for the National Examination Council and other exams.
This came about two days after it said the West African Secondary Schools Examination would start on August 17.
NECO will start October 5 and end November 18, according to a statement signed by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, titled, ‘FG Rolls Out Schedule For National Examination’.
Adding that the National Business and Technical Examination Board examinations would commence September 21 through October 15, the statement reads: “The Federal Government has released a comprehensive schedule for various National Examinations for exit classes, spanning from 17th August to 18th November 2020.
“Minister of State for Education, Hon Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who made the announcement today in Abuja after a series of meetings with Chief Executives of examination bodies in the country, said, the West African Examination Council (WAEC-SSCE) will start on the 17th of August 2020 while the National Business and Technical Examination Board, (NABTEB) examinations will start on the 21st September and end 15th of October 2020.
“Other details of the schedule indicate that the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) for SSS3 conducted by NECO will start on the 5th of October and end on the 18th of November, 2020.
“The Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for JSS 3 also conducted by NECO will start on the 24th of August and end on the 7th of September, 2020.
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“Furthermore, the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) which is a one-day examination for intending applicants into Unity Colleges (JSS1) will run in between the Senior Secondary School Examinations i.e. on Saturday, 17th October 2020.
“Registration for NECO (SSCE) which is ongoing will end on the 10th of September 2020 and there shall be no extension for registration whatsoever.
“The statement further indicated that the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) will commence on Wednesday, 23rd September and end by 17th October, 2020.
“The minister, therefore, directed all examination bodies to release details of their examination timetables in the next seven days.
“Present at the meeting which was chaired by the Honourable Minister of State for Education, were the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc Sonny Echono; Registrar, Joint Admissions Matriculations Board (JAMB), Prof Is-haq Oloyede; Registrar, National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof Godswill Obioma; Registrar, National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe; Registrar, National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS), Dr Raji; as well as acting Registrar of West African Examination Council, Dr J.O. Oke.
“For the one-day National Common Entrance Examination conducted by NECO, it is compulsory for parents and pupils to wear face masks on the exam date, while also carrying along with them, alcohol-based sanitisers.”
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