Akin Akande, Abuja
The Supervising Minister of Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has charged the National Examinations Council (NEC0) to come up with strategies to improve its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The Minister gave the charge on Tuesday in Abuja at a conference on repositioning NECO organised by the Council’s governing board.
He, however, said that his advice does not mean that the examination body should increase its examination registration fee.
“NECO cannot depend solely on government for funding. It will be difficult given so many commitments of government,” the minister said.
“You can look inwards and come up with strategies to improve on your internally generated revenue,” he said.
The Minister said this would enable NECO discharge its mandate with ease given the sensitive nature of its assignment.
Wike stated further: “It is sad for instance to note that since inception in 1999, NECO is still operating from rented offices.
“You must therefore as a matter of necessity put your own structures in place,” he stated.
Wike, however, noted that in spite of the various challenges since inception, the Council had made very “significant achievements in its efforts to positively redefine the future of the Nigerian child through quality educational assessment”.
He said the introduction of e-registration, early release of results, provision of adequate security to man sensitive material, prevention of leakages among others had contributed to the success recorded by NECO.
The Minister said this success had also been largely due to the commitment of government towards improving the quality of teaching and learning in schools.
He urged the Board and management of NECO to work harder to improve on the standard already set.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Governing Board of NECO, Dr. Paddy Njoku, called for an increase in the budgetary allocation of the Council from government as well as from the private sector as a corporate social responsibility.
Njoku also called for the adequate provision of instructional materials saying it had become a major area of concern for the Council.
In his address, the Registrar of NECO, Prof. Promise Okpala, said the conference was organised to get input from stakeholders on ways of improving the operations of the Council.
Okpala said NECO would continue to explore ways that would aid in the repositioning of NECO for better service delivery.