Adamu Adamu, minister of education, says 76,855 applicants took the 2021 National Common Entrance Examinations (NCEE) for the 30,000 spaces available in the 110 unity schools across the country.

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NAN reports that the minister broke the news while monitoring the conduct of the entrance exam in some centres at the federal capital territory (FCT) on Saturday.

Adamu, who was represented by Sonny Echono, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said the candidates would choose the college for their post-primary education in each of the geo-political zone.

He said that the idea would encourage applicants to have opportunities to choose any region of their choices.

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The minister revealed that the carrying capacity of the unity schools increased to 30,000 in 2021 as against 25,000 recorded last year.

He added that by 2022, the number of federal unity colleges would be increased to 115 with the additional new streams of schools.

Also speaking, Ebikibina Ogborodi, acting registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), said the entrance exam took place in 417 centres across the country.

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He said the candidates include 37,300 males and 39,555 females.

Ogborodi also disclosed that Lagos had the highest registration with 21,423 candidates followed by FCT with 8,674 while Anambra and Zamfara occupied the third and fourth spots with 5,730 and 4,855 candidates respectively.

He said Taraba state had the least with 113 candidates and enjoined relevant stakeholders to ensure improvement in subsequent registration.

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