The Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije has described the recent announcement of the government intention to scrap the National Examination Council (NECO) and the UTME as a continuity of the pattern of policy somersaults that have consistently limited progress in the education sector.
Senator Chukwumerije made the reaction of the Senate known in a statement made available on Sunday, entitled “RE: Reported Scrapping of NECO and UTME”. According to him, if the proposed scrapping should be effected, it will result in serious reversals in the education sector in the next five years.
The lawmaker said the scrapping would exacerbate the identified key problems in the sector, including access, quality, funding and institutional management. Senator Chuwkumerije said, besides inaccessibility, the sector would suffer anarchy with increased temptations by university authorities to cut corners in obeying rules on carrying capacities and unaccredited courses, thus creating new fertile grounds for the growth of unlicensed institutions.