Nigerian government sets dates for all pending external examinations


Emeka Nwajiubs, the Federal Minister of State for Education

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Nigerian government sets dates for all pending external examinations


The Nigerian Federal Government says the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) organized by the National Examination Council (NECO) for SS3 pupils will commence on October 5 and end on November 18, 2020.

Also, according to the Daily Post News report, the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) examinations will start on September 21 and end on October 15, 2020.


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The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba announced the dates at the end of a two-day meeting with Chief Executives of examination bodies.

Ben Goong, The Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education (FMoE), made the announcement.

The Basic Education Certificate Examinations, (BECE) for JSS 3 pupils also conducted by NECO, will start on August 24 and end on September 7, 2020.

Moreover, the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) into Unity Colleges will hold on October 17, 2020.

However, registration for the NECO (SSCE), which is on-going, will end on September 10, 2020, with no option of extension.

Two days ago, the Nigerian government announced the reopening of schools on August 4 and that the WAEC exams would commence on August 17 at the end of a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education of the 36 states of the federation, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools and Chief Executives of examination bodies.

The Nation Nigerian Newspaper reported that the government has directed that students in the exit senior secondary school classes have only two weeks to prepare for the examination.

The meetings were scheduled on a passionate appeal made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and public-spirited Nigerians to assist Nigerian schools across the country to have safe reopening and advance the preparations for the examination.

The exams which were supposed to have been sat for and completed were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic effect on the country.


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