The National Examinations Council on Thursday said the closure of the five Unity Colleges in the North-East would not affect the participation of its candidates in NECO – conducted examinations.
The NECO Registrar, Prof. Promise Okpala, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the council would accommodate the affected students in the conduct of its examinations.
The affected colleges include Federal Government Girls College, Munguno, Borno; Federal Government College, Potiskum; and Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, both in Yobe State.
Others are the Federal Science and Technical College, Lassa, Borno; and Federal Science and Technical College, Michika in Adamawa State.
The closure and subsequent relocation of the students followed last week’s attack by suspected gunmen on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi.
“I want to assure the students, their parents, guardians and members of the public that the affected students have nothing to fear concerning arrangements for their examinations.
He said, “Each candidate that has been duly registered has an identity with specific codes before the relocation.
“Therefore, I want to assure them that they will take the examination without any hitch wherever they have been relocated to.
“The same applies to sorting out their results at the end of the entire examination. We as stakeholders and examiners are following trends and adjusting accordingly.
“The education and future of the Nigerian child is our major concern. We will therefore put everything in place to ensure that it is not jeopardised,” Okpala said.
The registrar said relocating the students to other schools was a welcome development.
He said the action of the Federal Government was a manifestation of its determination to protect the lives of pupils wherever they might be. (NAN)