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National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) Assessment Data for Admission into Federal Government Colleges (FGC) in Nigeria : The Palaver and Role of NECO.
In consonance with its mandate and core-value of redefining the future of the Nigerian child through quality assessment, the National Examinations Council, (NECO) created the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) Division which is domiciled in the Examination Administration Department (EAD) to handle data set and other conventional tools relating to access, generating, processing, analysing, storing, retrieving and general management of the examination. In harnessing and resolving the admission palaver most a times occasioned by gymnastics of politics, the paper chronicled in details the management techniques modelled by NECO to handle and process the data of her NCEE examinees into the 104 Federal Government Colleges across the States of the Federation. The paper adopted a Descriptive Survey Design as it captures in graphic details the existing situations in the Council with particular reference to principles and practice of management of data of over 100,000 examinees and other supportive /adhoc staff in the yearly examination spread across centres in FCT Abuja and different states of Nigeria. The paper also took a cursory look at the procedures and techniques of examination administration practice as it relates to NCEE for selection and admission purpose into the Junior Secondary School (JSS) class of Federal Government Colleges (FGC). The level of performance of examinees in NCEE and statistical data of centres, supervisors and invigilators engaged in the exam for 2016-2019 across the states of federation was analysed. The challenges and opportunities in NCEE testing were also discussed. On the strength of the above, the paper concluded that for credibility of assessment and management of admission procedure, it therefore, requires a high efficiency of management skills to safeguard the integrity of NECO and give equal access to the examinees. For improved skills in management of data of examinees, it is recommended that periodic seminars and workshops should be organised to train staff of the Post-Exam Division on state-of-the-art techniques of data management for admission purpose among others.
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