11th June, 2010
At least 100 students of Queency International School, Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, yesterday took to the streets to protest what they termed failure of National Examination Council, NECO, to register them for this yearâ€™s on going June/July internal examinatiom.
The angry students who confirmed to P.M.NEWS that management of the school told them earlier about the problem encountered with NEC0 during the online registration,Â said they expected that the national exam body would understand the implication of failing to register them after they had paid their exam fees five months ago.
According to them, NECO should have made alternative arrangement for a manual registration instead of allowing them to face the frustration of seeing their classmates writing exam and they are outside watching them.
One of them, Gloria Chimezie told P.M.NEWS that it is unfortunate that WAEC, an African exam body is better organised than NECO, Nigeriaâ€™s national exam body.
Gloria who wept at a point as she spoke lamented, â€œ I couldnâ€™t register for WAEC because my parents said they could only afford to pay for one exam, so opted for NECO but see what they have done to me.â€
When P.M.NEWS contacted the proprietor of Queency School, Mr. Samuel Nwarie, he blamed NECO for the problems encountered with its website during registration.
He expressed anger over failure of NECO to resolve the matter before the exams began.
“We have been to NECO headquarters in Minna but they kept telling us they will do something until the exams started,â€ he lamented.
â€”Adi Femi /Kaduna