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Reps To Investigate Imbalance In Unity Schools Cut-off Marks

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The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to investigate the basis for the discriminatory cut-off marks for admission into federal unity schools.

To this end, the House mandated its Committee on Basic Education and Services to investigate the matter and report back to the House within four weeks for further legislative actions.

Member representing Degema/Bonny federal constituency of Rivers State, Hon Randolph Brown, yesterday moved a motion on the need to investigate the criteria for the varied cut-off marks for the admission of pupils into unity schools by the National Common Entrance Examination Board (NCEEB).

He observed that the cut-off marks published recently by NCEEB for admissions into unity schools in the country, varied drastically from state to state.

The lawmakers also argued that uneven cut-off marks for students, who will study same courses in the future is dangerous for the nation’s educational system, which is already distressed.

“Some students, who have to meet a cut-off mark of 65 per cent from Abia State by the NCEEB standards, will be expected to end up in the same university,  study the same courses as their contemporaries from Zamfara State that had to meet up the cut-off mark of 14 per cent for male and 12 per cent for female.”

Brown, while calling on the House to step into the issue,  contended that the discriminatory cut -off marks if not checked will further portend grave danger for the educational system and the country at large.

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