No fewer than 32,697 out of the 54,752 candidates who sat for the May/June 2018 National Technical Certificate (NTC) and National Business Certificate (NBC) examinations conducted by the Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) scored five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics.
Besides, forty five thousand seven hundred and twenty one (45,721) candidates obtained five credits and above with or without English Language and Mathematics in the same examinations.
The examinations were held nationwide from Monday, 7th May to Friday, 25th May, 2018 and a total 55,480 candidates registered for the certificate examinations in 1,458 centres.
Registrar/Chief Executive of NABTEB, Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, made this known at the Board’s headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital, while announcing the release of the examination results.
She said that an analysis of the enrolment for the examinations indicated that candidates enrolled for 16 Engineering Trades, seven Construction Trades, nine Miscellaneous Trades, four Business Trades and 18 for General Education subjects.
According to her, “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.”
The NABTEB Chief Executive also announced that 842 candidates who sat for the examinations were involved in examination malpractice representing 1.54 per cent of the total number of candidates, saying “This less than the previous year’s May/June 2017 statistics in which out of 1,422 candidates representing 2.48 per cent were involved in examination malpractice.
“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 bio-metric 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, the need for young people to obtain skills and certificate in technical and vocation education had been become critical more than ever, saying that technical and vocational certificates which NABTEB provides are highly needed to meet the increasing and changing demands of the labour market driven by information and communication technology.
She said as part of the way forward in the actualisation of its change agenda, the federal government should establish at least one Federal Science and Technical College in the remaining 16 states that do not have, just as she called for the establishment of four vocational training centres in each of the 774 local government areas in the country.
Prof. Isiugo-Abanihe also called for the promotion of private participation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) delivery below the tertiary level, and the implementation of the Nigerian Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) as approved.
The NABTEB Registrar further said the problem of rejection of the Board’s NBC/NTC as one of the entry requirements into the School of Nursing programmes has been resolved.
“While we are determined to remove any other obstacle to the acceptance of the certificates by all institutions in the country, it is hoped this feat will enhance enrolments into the Board’s various certificate examination in future,” Prof. Isiugo-Abanihe added.