Written by Godfrey AKON

FUCs admission: FG to give priority to non-indigenes

The Federal Government has said it would give priority attention to candidates who apply for admission into unity schools outside their states of origin.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, stated this in Abuja at a briefing on the presentation of the result of the 2019/2020 National Common Entrance Examination for admission into the 104 unity schools.

Adamu noted that merit will constitute 60 per cent of the admission criteria while states equality would take 30 per cent and other factors 10 per cent.

According to the minister, the priority given to non-indigenes is in line with the ideals of the founding fathers of the 104 Unity Schools.

“It is the hope of government that every graduate of our unity schools should be able to speak at least one Nigerian language outside  his/her mother tongue in the course of his/her six year programe,” he said.

Adamu noted that the admission exercise will commence on the 14th of May 2019, with the first batch of admissions coming as from the first week of June, adding that supplementary admissions will take place between the 13th- 20th of July 2019.

He said by the second week of September, the gates of all 104 Unity Schools will be opened for resumption, while assuring that all Nigerians that the schools remain the best destination for quality secondary education.

“Government is doing more to ensure the rehabilitation and landscaping of our schools, provision of qualified teachers, librarians and laboratories,” the minister further assured.

“On our part, we shall ensure that the admission process is given the maximum attention it deserves. We are mindful of the anxiety on the part of parents to get admission for their wards into our schools.

“We are equally conscious that some of our competitors (private schools) are ahead of us in terms of the conduct of their 2019/2020 admissions. The good news is that our schools have an edge over most of the private schools in terms of qualified teachers and facilities among other variables. Even at that, we are not taking anything for granted,” he said.



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