National Examinations Council, NECO has announced the release of the 2020 National Common Entrance Examination, NCEE, results, fixing the national cut off marks at 142.

Federal Government has, however, lauded the speed with which the leadership of NECO led by its Registrar Prof. Godswill Obioma conducted the 2020 NCEE in spite of the setbacks occasioned by the outbreak of COVID 19 and the #Endsars protest.

Nigerian Pilot recalled that NECO deducted the National Common Entrance Examination on Saturday, October 17.

Presenting the results to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, in his office yesterday, the NECO Registrar said out of the total 70,580 candidates that sat for the examination, out of which 24,416 candidates passed, scoring a minimum of 66.

The minister announced that three students got the highest scores, Umeonyiagu Chinua Crucifixio, Anambra scored 199, Onwuamanam Udochukwu, Enugu scored 198 while Salaam Mariam Aderemilekun, Lagos scored 197 respectively.

He noted that a total number of 16,713 candidates were said to be absent from the examination due to the ENDSARS protests that rocked the country recently.

Adamu also stated that with the unity colleges now 110, admissions carrying capacity has been shored up to 26,625 for the current academic year, 720 slots were added with the establishment of six more Federal Science and Technical Colleges across the six geopolitical zones.

“As has been the tradition for decades, the admission criteria include 60% strictly on merit, 30% based on state’s representation in the unity colleges and the remaining 10% to cover other sundry considerations such as special needs candidates, gender, local community and biological children of teachers, PTA, SBMC and old students’ organisation,”  said Adamu.

“I have therefore, directed that within 72 hours of the receipt of the result, principals are to complete both the merit based (60%) and 30% equality of states admission.”