From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
National Examinations Council (NECO) Registrar Professor Promise Okpala, has said despite the dwindling revenue drive from the registration of candidates for its examinations the Council cannot afford to compromise standard in whatever way.
Okpala made this known in Minna, at a recent lecture series, with the theme: “From Assessment of Students in Public Examination to Assessment of Educational Process in Nigeria: A Critical Appraisal.
He said the major constraint in NECO is resources and the drastic drop in the number of candidates for the examination in recent time.
He said the organisation is financially handicapped but not in experience as he pledged to bring innovation to play a role in NECO and to address the setback it suffers due to financial predicament to carry out such mandate.
He said the basic concern is that of who sponsored examination and why they sponsored such exams for instance, some state government paid for the examinations for their respective candidates he said.
The guest lecturer who is a professor of Educational Evaluation, Institute of Education, University of Ibadan and former acting Executive Secretary of UBEC, Prof. Charles Onocha called on students in the country to fully prepare themselves before going in to examinations they are expected to write.
Onocha urged parents to pay more attention to their wards while teachers should go beyond the syllabus and students to acquaint themselves to internet materials where they can down load books, educational materials for them to excel in education.
He said for students to improve in learning and skills tremendously, especially in English Language they must embark on reading newspapers, magazines, books from library.
He commended examination bodies in the country for maintaining standard, especial NECO thereby urging for improvement.