The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2023 national common entrance examination (NCEE) into federal unity colleges.


Ibrahim Wushishi, the council’s registrar, broke the news while briefing David Adejo, permanent secretary for federal ministry of education, on Wednesday. 

Speaking with journalists after the briefing, Adejo said a total of 72,865 pupils registered for this year’s edition of the exam.

He also said the exam recorded an increase in the number of female students.


“A total of 72,865 pupils registered compared to 71,738 for 2022 with Lagos State having the highest number with 18,644 and Taraba with the lowest of 102,” NAN quoted him as saying. 

“With 38,801 female registrants against 34,064 males, we are making progress with bridging the gender parity. 69,829 pupils sat for the examination.

“Also 3,036 pupils were absent; 76 pupils had the highest score of 203 and the lowest score was one mark, and this was scored by six pupils.”


Adejo commended NECO for ensuring a hitch-free exercise, adding that the development showed improvement in the exam body’s operation. 

“As you are all aware, our federal unity colleges have become the first port of call for most parents in the country,” he added. 

“Although we are currently facing challenges of infrastructural development, feeding and teacher quality, I want to assure you that the federal government is doing its best to ensure better conditions for effective teaching and learning in our schools.”

The NCEE is the entrance exam into junior secondary school (JSS 1) of federal unity colleges.


This year’s edition of the exam was held on June 3 across the country.

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