Continuous Assessment is basic in the overall examination of NCE students.
A combination of C.A. scores and end-of-semester examination scores yield the course Grade. The ranges used in Colleges of Education and other NCE awarding institutions are 40% for C.A. and 60% for examination. NCCE approves the following:
- Weighting of 40% should be adopted for the continuous assessment and 60% for semester examinations by all the Colleges of Education in view of the work input expected from students in the various programmes of study;
- Continuous assessment of students should be (by means of formal and informal tests) given a greater weight. Assessment should normally be in workshops, laboratories, studios, field/assignment, etc. as may be applicable to respective disciplines, and;
- For effective implementation of the course credit system and the continuous assessment scheme:
- Each College should provide essential tools for information storage, retrieval and analysis in the form of microcomputers along with relevant software, word processors. Such computer application can facilitate access to analytical tools which can greatly facilitate the grading processes.
- The standard of teaching/instruction and quality of examinations should be raised through the institutions of student opinion survey and peer evaluation to assess the quality to teaching in all courses. The lecturers evaluated should be informed about the outcome which should be discussed with them individually as a basis for improvement.
- Resit examinations are abolished in the Colleges of Education.
- Students who repeat courses for any reasons should be credited with the actual marks so earned but previous marks should also be recorded. This is in keeping with the objectives of the course system.
Examinations take place at the end of each semester. Continuous Assessment is 40%, while examination is 60% of the total score for the semester. Continuous Assessment shall consist of tests, written assignments, reports, practical work and any other means as may be appropriate. To obtain a pass in a course, a student shall have scored a minimum of 40% on the aggregate of continuous assessment and examination. A student must have attained 75% class attendance, paid College approved fees and registered duly.
Rules Governing the Conduct of the Nigeria Certificate in Education (Nce) Examinations
- Students shall be in the examination room at least thirty minutes before the scheduled time of the examination and shall be seated at the appropriate numbered seat (where applicable).
- Students may not be admitted into the examination hall thirty minutes after the commencement of the examination.
- Students shall rid their environment free of all unlawful materials e.g. textbooks, handouts, pieces of paper. Writing on the lockers should be reported before the commencement of examination to the invigilator.
- No exchange of question papers, answer sheets and similar materials during an examination.
- Students shall not come into the examination hall with any unlawful materials e.g. sophisticated calculators/mini computers/handsets etc.
- No use of prepared answers of any kind or in any form (e.g. question paper, on top of desks, chairs, wall, ceiling, chalkboard, school fees receipt, candidate palms or any part of the body, veils, handkerchiefs, tissue paper etc).
- Each student must submit his/her answer script at the end of the TIME-ALLOWED for the examination.
- No unruly/rowdy and impolite behaviour or insubordination to invigilator before, during and after the examination e.g. students refusing to carry out lawful instructions such as improper sitting arrangement, noise, etc.
- Students must hand their scripts to the invigilator when leaving the examination room before the end of the examination.
- Students shall bring their identity cards, clearance certificates, school fees receipts to the examination hall and display them in a prominent position on their desks and nothing unauthorized should be written on these documents.
- Attendance sheets shall be signed in by the students at the beginning of the examination and signed out at the end of the examination after the submission of their answer scripts.
- During an examination, no student shall speak to any other student except such is approved by the invigilator and there shall be no noise, disturbance, peeping or spying.
- No book, printed paper, written document or unauthorized aid shall be taken into an examination room by any student, except as may be stated in the rubrics of any examination paper.
- No student shall leave the examination hall without permission and attempts to re-enter the hall to continue with the paper later.
- No student shall insult or physically assault an invigilator for performing his/her lawful duties.
- Students are not permitted to leave the examination room during the course of the examination except briefly under the continuous supervision of an invigilator or an escort.
- Students are not allowed to leave the room during the first thirty minutes of the examination nor during the last thirty minutes.
- The use of scrap paper is not permitted. All rough work must be done in the answer booklets and crossed neatly or in supplementary loose answer sheets which must be submitted to the invigilator. There shall be no writing of points on the question paper.
- No student is allowed to be in possession of any handbag, purse, briefcase etc. in the examination room while the examination is in progress.
- At the beginning of examination each student must write his/her full name and matric number at the top corner of his/her Question paper.
- Student shall write his/her examination number (not his/her name) distinctly at the top of the cover of every answer book or separate answer sheets of paper.
- No student shall bring child/children into examination hall
- Breast feeding during the exam is not allowed.
- At the end of the time allotted, each student shall stop writing when instructed to do so and shall gather his/her scripts together ready for collection by the invigilator.
- Except for the printed question paper, a student shall not remove from the examination room or mutilate any paper or other materials supplied e.g. answer sheets.
- No student shall impersonate another student during an examination or student asking a non-bonafide student to impersonate him/her.
- No student should be involved in examination leakages e.g. scouting, begging or purchase of live question papers or benefit from leakage whether directly or indirectly.
- No stealing, converting or misappropriating the answer scripts of other students.
- Recurrent cheating is not allowed.
- Research report which is an essential report of the final NCE exam should not be a copy work.
- No extraneous materials should be brought into examination hall.
Penalties for Academic Misconduct (Examination Malpractice)
- Students who came into the examination hall after thirty minutes of the commencement of the examination shall not be allowed to write the examination.
- Any student who fails to rid his/her environment free of unauthorized materials e.g. textbook, hand-outs, pieces of paper, writing on the lockers and wall etc. shall be asked to repeat the year (level).
- Any student who exchanges question papers, answer sheets and other related materials during an examination shall repeat the year (level) in the following academic session.
- Student who brought into the examination hall unlawful materials e.g. sophisticated calculator or minim-computer, handset etc. shall repeat the year.
- Any student found with prepared answers of any kind or in any form (e.g. on question paper, top of desks, chairs, wall, ceiling, chalkboard, school fees receipt, candidate’s palms or any part of the body etc. shall repeat the year.
- Any student who fails to submit his/her answer script at the end of the time allowed for the examination shall carry over that course.
- Any unruly/rowdy and impolite behaviour and insubordination to invigilator before, during and after the examination e.g. students refusing to carryout lawful instructions (such as improper sitting arrangement and noise by the student) shall carry over the course. It may also attract repetition.
- Any student who signs the attendance sheet and fails to hand his/her script to the invigilator when leaving the examination room shall repeat the year.
- Any student who fails to sign in or sign out the attendance sheet after submission of answer script to the invigilator shall carry over the course.
- Any student who fails to bring his/her I.D. card, clearance certificate and school fees receipt to each examination and display it in a prominent position on his/her desk shall not be allowed to sit for the examination.
- During an examination any student who speaks to any other student, makes any noise, disturb, peep or spies etc; shall repeat the year.
- Any student who brings books, printed paper, written document or unauthorized aid into the examination hall shall repeat the year.
- Any student who leaves the examination hall without permission and attempts to re-enter the hall shall not be allowed.
- Any student who insults the invigilator for performing his/her lawful duties shall carry-over the course (it may also attract expulsion).
- Any student found guilty of assaulting an invigilator shall be expelled.
- Any student who leaves the examination room without the permission of an invigilator will attract carry-over of the course.
- Any student who leaves the examination room during the first thirty minutes should be regarded as absent and during the last fifteen minutes shall carry-over the course.
- Any student who is in possession of handbag, purse, wallets, briefcase etc. while the examination is in progress shall repeat the year.
- Any student who renders assistance to any other student or accepts assistance from any other student or copy from each other, shall repeat the year.
- Any student who fails to write his/her examination number distinctly at the top of the corner of every answer booklet shall carry-over the course.
- Any student who fails to stop writing when instructed to do so shall carry-over the course.
- Any student who removes any unauthorized paper from the examination room except the printed question paper shall repeat the year e.g. the College answer sheet/booklet.
- Any student who impersonates another student during an examination or student asking any person to impersonate him/her shall be expelled from the College.
- Any student found involved in examination leakages, such as scouting, begging or purchase of live question papers or benefit from the leakage whether directly or indirectly shall be expelled from the College.
- Any student who steals, converts or destroys the answer scripts of other student shall repeat the year.
- Recurrent cheating: Any student found guilty of cheating for more than one occasion in any of the College examinations, class test, continuous assessment test, assignment etc. shall be dismissed from the College and shall not be re-admitted into the College.
- Any student who is involved in plagiarism e.g. research project, shall re-write the project in the following academic session.
- Any student who forges any document, such as the school fees receipt shall be expelled from the College.
Change of Courses
- Students applying for a change of subject combination shall submit an application to his Head of Department who shall process and send it through the Dean to the Registrar.
- The Registrar shall forward the application to the Dean of the New School for recommendation.
- The Dean shall return the treated application to the Academic Board for approval.
- NCE Regular Programme:
- Students at 100 level must earn a minimum of 5 credits per subject per session.
- Students at 200 level must earn a minimum of 9 credits cumulatively per subject per session.
- NCE Sandwich Programme:
- Students must earn a minimum of 6 credits per major subject at the end of the second contact session.
- Students must earn a minimum of 8 credits cumulatively per major subject at the end of the third contact session.
Grade Point: The grade derives from the actual percentages raw score for a given course. The raw is converted into a letter grade and a grade point. See Table 1
Table 1: Approved Scoring and Grading System
Grade Points (GP)
Grade Point (GPA)
Cumulative Grade Point (CGPA)
Level of pass in subject
according to contact hours assigned to each course per week semester and according to work load carried by students
70 – 100
60 – 69
50 – 59
45 – 49
40 – 44
0 – 39
Derived by multiplying I & IV and dividing by total credits units
4.50 – 5.00
3.50 – 4.40
2.40 – 3.49
1.50 – 2.39
1.00 – 1.49
Grade Point Average (GPA): This is the average of weighted grade points earned in the courses taken during the semester. The Grade Point Average is obtained by multiplying the Grade Point attained in each course by the number of credit units assigned in each course by the number of credit units assigned to that course; and then summing these up and dividing by the total number of credit units taken for the semester.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): This is the up-to-date mean of the Grade Points earned by the student in a programme of study. It is an indication of the student’s overall performance at any point in the training programme.
||Sum of total grade points x respective credit units for semester
Total credit units for all courses registered by the students
Conditions for Graduation
To graduate, a student shall have earned a minimum of 30 credits including all the compulsory courses per major subject and all the prescribed General Studies courses.
Distributions of minimum credits required for graduation are:
|General Studies Courses
|First teaching subject
|Second teaching subject
||between 36 and 38 credits