The Registrar, National Examinations Council (NECO) on Saturday disclosed that a total of 95,926 candidates registered for the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) nationwide.
Okpala, explained to Naija247news in a phone chat in Lagos, said that in 2013, 88,444 candidates sat for the examination.
The registrar attributed the increase in number of candidates this year to improved service delivery and facilities on ground in the government colleges.
He said that more Nigerians were becoming confident in the efforts put in place by the Federal Government in ensuring that the colleges remained the choice destination for the Nigerian child.
“I am overwhelmed at this new development on the side of the Nigerian parents. It shows that they are increasingly becoming aware that indeed government is leaving nothing to chance in its effort to give the Nigerian child the best education.
“You can tell from the large turnout for this examination nationwide, with Lagos topping the chart in terms of number of candidates that registered.
“There is a great improvement in the area of teaching and learning in these colleges which the parents are beginning to acknowledge.’’
Okpala noted that in a bid to improve on the quality of products in the Unity Schools, government was putting every resource at its disposal to make the colleges rank top among schools at the secondary level.
“I know government has been doing a lot to justify this new found confidence that is being reposed on them by the Nigerian public.
“I want to advise that government does not relent but rather do more, especially in the area of facilities so that we will be able to position not just these schools but also our children and the nation at large for global competitiveness,” he said.
The Zonal Coordinator of the Council in Lagos, Mr Niyi Aribisala, said that the examination held at about 111 centres across the state was hitch-free, with all logistics in place