….calls for increased emphasis on TVET
The Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, has announced the release of results of the November/December examinations.
She disclosed that 75.72 per cent of the total number of candidates (21,175) that sat for the examinations obtained five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics, while 92.42 per cent (25,844 candidates) scored five credits and above, with or without English Language and Mathematics.
Isiugo-Abanihe made the disclosure yesterday at the national headquarters of NABTEB in Benin, while announcing the release of the results, in company with other top officials of the board.
She called for increased emphasis on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at all levels in Nigeria, stressing that TVET was to train the youths and adults alike, preparing them to develop relevant skills needed for today’s labour market and for academic progression.
The registrar/CEO pointed out that the global economy offered Nigeria new opportunities to adopt TVET, technology and science as veritable tools for national growth and development.
Isiugo-Abanihe stated that the 2020 Ordinary and Advanced Level Certificate examinations for private candidates of NABTEB were for the award of National Business Certificate (NBC)/National Technical Certificate (NTC), Advanced National Business Certificate (ANBC)/Advanced National Technical Certificate (ANTC), and the General Education Certificate (GEC, O/L).
She said: “It is gratifying to note that despite the ravaging effects of COVID-19 pandemic, which necessitated the postponement of both the 2020 May/June and November/December certificate examinations, NABTEB was able to successfully conduct the two series of the examinations.
“The so-called November/December examinations were conducted nationwide from Monday, January 25, to Friday, February 19, 2021. I thank the Almighty God for making this possible, in spite of increased challenges of insecurity across the nation and second wave of Coronavirus Disease.”
The registrar/CEO also stated that NABTEB had continued to carry out successfully credible examinations every year, despite all odds, while it continued to strengthen its quality assurance mechanisms, including measures to checkmate examination malpractice.
She said: “For the examinations under reference, 250 candidates, representing 0.77 per cent of the total candidates that sat for the examinations were found to be involved in examination malpractice.
“This is an improvement, compared with 603 candidates (1.23 per cent of the total candidates that sat for the 2019 November/December certificate examinations) that were established to have been involved in examination malpractice.
“The board will continue to make more efforts by stepping up training of examination personnel and use of technology to further check examination fraud.”
Isiugo-Abanihe also disclosed that registration of candidates for the 2021 NABTEB NBC/NTC examinations for in-school candidates would still be on till the end of May.