Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it’ll spend its wholelife believing that it is stupid – Albert Einstein.

Perhaps this informed the glaring disparity in cut-off marks in the National Common Entrance Examination for different states. The purpose of the exam is to select the best candidates from every state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for admission into federal unity colleges which aimis to foster unity amongst Nigerian children.

However, some people have argued that the practice is unfair and counter-productive and does not help the education sector in any way. In this report, Vanguard Learning spoke with stakeholdersin the education sector.

From the 2013 National Common Entrance Examinations cut-off marks made available to Vanguard, while Anambra State was assigned a cut-off of 139, Imo 138, Lagos 133,and Delta 131; educationally-disadvantaged states like Taraba had 3 for males and 11 for females, Sokoto 9 for males and 13 for females; and Zamfara 4 for males and 2 for females.

When contacted,the Public Relations Officer, National Examination Council (NECO), Mr Benedict Uzor said the quota system for entrance into unity schools is the affair of Federal Ministry of Education and principalsof unity schools. “NECO does not admit studentsinto unity schools but conducts entrance examination for primary school pupils onbehalf of the Federal Government,” he said.
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