The National Examinations Council, NECO, has rescheduled the 2021 National Common Entrance Examination, NCEE, into Federal Unity Colleges from May 29 to June 5.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday morning by the examination body and signed on its behalf by the head of information and public relations division, Azeez Sani.
Sani, who said the decision was approved by the federal ministry of education, reported that the figures of applicants recorded so far were lower than expected, adding that the examination body, however, hopes that the one-week extension will provide opportunities for more candidates to apply.
“The Examination which was initially scheduled for Saturday 29th May, 2021, was rescheduled to give states with low registration of candidates the opportunity to register their candidates for the examination,” the statement reads in part.
It added that the registration of candidates would continue until the new examination date.
It was gathered that the figure currently stands at about 50,000, which is low compared to 70,580 candidates that registered for the examination in 2020, though more than 16,713 candidates could not sit the examination due to the nationwide protests against police brutality ravaging the nation at the time.
The examination, which usually holds between May and June, was postponed to October last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.