How Common Entrance Cut-Off Marks are Determined

Prof. Abdulrashid Garba, the Registrar, National Examination Council (NECO), explained on Saturday why cut-off marksfor the National Common Entrance Examination(NCEE) into unity colleges varies from state to state.

Garba said that it was not actually the score alone that determines whether a child qualifies or not.

“In every state, ranking is done; if you want to admit 6000 students in a state for instance, then you rank from the score of the first person to where the score of the 6000th person stops and that becomes the cut-off mark.

“Performances vary from state to state; you hear parents say I am from so and so state and my child score high but was not admitted but another child from another state was admitted.

“It is so because the cut -off marks for such disadvantaged states are usually lower; there is a clear cut criteria and it is only for the parents to know the criteria.

“These school are unity colleges which means you must take along all parts of the country,’’ he said.

“The results are expected to be released by NECO to the Federal Ministry of Education on June 17,’’ he said.

Experts from the ministry and principals of the colleges would undertake a selection and placement exercise between June 21 and June 25.

He said that admitted candidates were to check the status of their admissions both at the various unity colleges and online at from June 29. NAN

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