The 2015 National Common Entrance Examinations into secondary schools scheduled for March 21 has been postponed till April 25.
Abdul Mustapha, the Abuja Liaison Officer of the National Examination Council
, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja.
Mr. Mustapha said the postponement was necessitated by the anxieties of parents ahead of the general elections rescheduled to hold on March 28 and April 11.
According to him, registration for the examination will continue until April 18.
“The idea of postponement was brought by the ministry and after consultations with the council, we decided to shift it,” he said. “There are some concerns as to whether parents will leave their children in schools with the uncertainties ahead of the elections.”
Mr. Mustapha said it would be better to write the exam in a relaxed atmosphere after the elections.
A parent, Bridget Emoha, said the postponement was a welcome development as parents would like to have their wards at home during the election period.
“This is a good move from NECO,” Mrs. Emoha said. “The extension of registration will enable candidates who had not registered to do so before the new date.”
Another parent, Benjamin Ikpegbu, said the candidates for common entrance were still very young children who should not write examination in a tensed atmosphere.
According to him, the general situation of things in the country will be calmer and more conducive for examinations after the elections.