By Gabriel Enogholase
BENIN—NO fewer than 32,697 of the 54,480 candidates who sat for the May/June 2018 Ordinary Level National Technical Certificate, NTC and National Business Certificate Examination conducted by the Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB, scored five credits and including English Language and Mathematics.
Registrar/Chief Executive of NABTEB, Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo – Abanihe, disclosed this in Benin City, Edo State while announcing the release of the examination results.
She disclosed that an analysis of the enrolment for the examination indicated that candidates enrolled for 16 Engineering Trades, seven Construction Trades, nine Miscellaneous Trades, four Business Trades and 18 for General Education subjects.
She said, “Comparatively, this performance is a slight improvement over the May/June 2017 NBC/NTC examinations where 33,712 candidates had five credits and above including English and Mathematics.
“Permit me to also announce that 842 candidates who sat for the examinations were involved in examination malpractice representing 1.54 percent of the total number of candidates. It was observed that also Bayelsa, Borno and Edo States did not record cases of examination malpractice.”
“In general, it is important to observe that some of the strategies by the board biometric and online registration, introduction of e-learning materials to enhance teaching and learning and other quality assurance measures put in place by the Board to checkmate examination malpractice are yielding positive results.”
Prof Isiugo- Abanihe however reminded Nigerians that at this point in the 21st Century, there was the need for young people to obtain skills and certificate in technical and vocation education, saying that NABTEB was ever ready to provide technical and vocational certificate to meet the increasing and changing demands of the labour market driven by information and communication technology.