The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Andrew Adejo, shared this information during a press conference held in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to Adejo, a total of 72,865 pupils registered for the exams, indicating a slight increase compared to the 71,738 registrations recorded in 2022.
The state with the highest number of registrants was Lagos, with 18,644 pupils, while Taraba had the lowest with only 102 students.
In terms of gender distribution, there were 38,801 female registrants and 34,064 male registrants, demonstrating progress in bridging the gender parity gap.
Out of the total number of registered pupils, 69,829 students sat for the examination, while 3,036 were absent.
The highest score achieved by any pupil was 203, with a remarkable 76 students attaining this result.
However, the most striking aspect was the six pupils who obtained the lowest possible score of 01.
While their identities were not disclosed, their scores indicate a significant gap in performance compared to their peers.
The National Common Entrance Examinations are a crucial milestone for Nigerian students seeking admission into secondary schools.
The results play a vital role in determining their educational paths and future prospects.
The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, will likely investigate the circumstances surrounding the low scores and take necessary measures to address any underlying issues.
The Federal Ministry of Education remains committed to improving educational standards and creating equal opportunities for all students across the country.
Efforts to bridge the gender gap in education and enhance the quality of teaching and learning will continue to be at the forefront of educational reforms in Nigeria.