•1,905 nabbed for malpractices
From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), yesterday released the 2017 May/June examination results for the award of National Business Certificate (NBC) and National Technical Certificate (NTC).
Daily Sun was informed that candidates enrolled for 16 engineering programmes, seven construction trades, nine miscellaneous trades, four business trades and 18 general education subjects.
About 57,387 candidates were said to have sat for the examination, representing 98.18 percent of the total enrolment.
The examination conducted from Monday, May 1, to Friday, June 2, 2017, had 58, 448 candidates who registered for the ordinary crafts level examination in 1, 458 centres.
NABTEB Registrar, Prof. Ifeoma Mercy Isiugo-Abanihe, who announced the release of the result observed that the enrollment was still far below expectation considering the quest for rapid technological development and the significance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and NABTEB certificates in Nigeria.
A breakdown of the results indicated that 16, 008 candidates representing 49.51 percent were certified as craftsmen and women.
It further revealed that 33,712 candidates, representing 58.75 percent for the NBC/NTC examination scored five credits and above including English language and Mathematics.
Similarly, 47,360 candidates, representing 82.53 percent scored five credits and above with or without English Language and Mathematics.
This, according to her, represented an improved performance trend when compared to May/June 2016 results where only 38,280 candidates, representing 55.93 percent obtained five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics, and 54, 448 candidates, representing 79.61 percent scored five credits and above with or without English Language and Mathematics.
Meanwhile, 1,905 candidates, representing 3.26 percent were caught in examination malpractices. This, she said, represented a marginal reduction from the figures of May/June 2016, where 2, 273 exam malpractice cases, representing 3.32 percent was recorded.
She appealed to parents and guardians to take advantage of the abolition of dichotomy between polytechnic education and university by the Federal Government, to encourage their children to embrace TVET.