Minister of State for Education, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has called for a greater consideration of merit in the admission of fresh students into the nation’s Federal Unity Colleges across the country.
Flagging of the 2011/2012 Selection and Placement of students into 101 Federal Unity Colleges, Wike directed the selection team to ensure a strong student base is groomed from the list of qualified candidates who passed the entrance examinations into the schools.
He noted that for the Transformation Agenda of the education sector to succeed the admission process should be merit based, rather more consideration for quota and environmental considerations.
He said: “We want quality students in our Federal Unity Colleges, so that we can have a strong framework to revive the quality of our graduates”.
The Minister stated that the present percentage where merit takes only 30 percentage in the Federal Unity Colleges admission placement does not encourage academic excellence.
He, however, said that educationally disadvantaged states will still be accorded special consideration to ensure that they attain parity.
He said that the Federal Ministry of Education would continue to work towards the attainment of high educational standards in the Federal Unity Colleges. He charged the principals to ensure that only qualified students are admitted during the selection and placement exercise, saying the Ministry would closely monitor the process.
In an address, director of Basic and Secondary Education at the Ministry, Mrs Mabel Ozumba assured the minister that the placement guidelines will be followed by the selection and placement committee.
She stated that the selection and placement committee would not allow merit to suffer in the course of admitting students for junior secondary one and senior secondary one classes.
Principals drawn from 101 Federal Unity Colleges and officials of the Federal Ministry of Education are involved in the admission exercise for the schools.