Reps to probe cut-off marks for Unity Schools
The House of Representatives has queried the varied cut-off marks set by the National Common Entrance Examination Board for admission into Unity Schools for the 2018/2019 session.
The House observed that the NCEEB set different cut-off marks for different states, saying that it raised questions over uniformity in admission for the states and the likely negative effects on the standard of education.
The House, after taking a motion moved by Representative Randolph Oruene-Brown on Tuesday, directed its Committee on Basic Education to investigate the matter within four weeks.
Oruene-Brown told the House that it was ridiculous to expect one student to score up to 65 per cent of cut-off marks while another was required to get as low as 14 per cent, 12 per cent.
He added that there would be obvious challenges for the child who scored 12 per cent when in later years they would have to study the same course or practise the same profession with the one with 65 % score.
He noted that a falling standard in education in any country is like an epidemic and all relevant authorities must consciously work toward redeeming such a situation.
The lawmaker is concerned that the trend of varied cut-off marks for students, who ought to study the same courses in the future and practice the same professions, is dangerous for our already epileptic educational system and will no doubt affect the development of the country in the long run.
Randolph Brown prayed the House that if the situation is not reversed, the Nigerian educational system will gradually collapse and the country will become largely underdeveloped.”
The motion was unanimously passed with a yes Vote