NECO (officially known as the National Examination Council) has announced the release of the 2019 June/July SSCE results.
The announcement was made by the acting registrar of NECO, Abubakar Gana who made it public at the examination body headquarters in Minna, Niger State.
According to Gana, 829,787 candidates indicating 71.5% of those who sat for NECO exams had five credits and above and these include Mathematics and English Language subjects.
Gana disclosed that 40,630 which represent 3.53% of the candidates who sat for the exam were caught in several acts of examination malpractices, compared to 20,181 reported cases in 2018.
This means candidates who were involved in examination malpractices have increased by more than 50 percent within the past year.
It should be noted that new biometric verification devices were utilized in the 2019 NECO SSCE, but Gana ascertained that the increase in malpractices is not connected with the new verification system.
According to Gana, a better and strategic NECO exam invigilation method was the reason so many cases of examination malpractices and attempts were uncovered this year.
He further disclosed that some of the employees of NECO who were involved in examination malpractices schemes had been apprehended and will face disciplinary committees accordingly.
If the apprehended employees failed to convincingly defend the allegations leveled against them in the NECO 2019, SSCE examination, they will face the legal consequences of their actions accordingly, Gana said.
NECO Results: NECO 2019 SSCE Results Analysis
Here’s a simple breakdown of how candidates who sat for the NECO 2019 SSCE performed, as announced by Mr. Gana.
According to him, 1,151,016 candidates which includes 146 candidates who are blind wrote the NECO June/July 2019 SSCE examination.
Gana further revealed that 984,152 candidates which represent up to 85.50% of candidates who sat for the NECO June/July 2019 SSCE examination scored credit and above in English Language.
Also, 954,399 candidates which represent 83.03% of candidates had a credit and higher in Mathematics.
In summary, 71.59% of the total candidates who sat for the NECO June/July 2019 SSCE examination had 5 credits and above and that include subjects such as Mathematics and English Language, Gana disclosed.
Some candidates also had five credits and above regardless of English language and Mathematics.
The total number of such candidates are 1,041,986 and they represent 89.90 percent of the entire candidates who sat for the NECO June/July 2019 SSCE examination.
The acting registrar said he believes that the NECO June/July 2019 SSCE examination was a successful one.
Blacklisted Schools After NECO
The National Examination Council (NECO) named three secondary schools in Oyo Kastina and Kebbi states that will not be permitted to conduct NECO exams for two years.
According to NECO, all three schools were blacklisted as a result of their involvement in widespread cheating and special centres for exam malpractices.
In addition, 17 supervisors were also blacklisted for several offences that include poor supervision, and helping candidates by writing answers to exam questions on chalkboards.
The registrar also warned students about rogue websites with false information about checking NECO exam results and sites that sell scratch cards for checking results.
NECO has cancelled the use of scratch cards and students can now check their results on the internet on NECO’s website, the registrar said in a statement.
The NECO SSCE is held for students in the final year of their secondary school education in Nigeria.
NECO is the certified examination council in Nigeria that is saddled with the responsibility of conducting exams for Senior Secondary Students including the SSCE and the GCE in June/July and December/January accordingly.
NECO assesses students in 76 subjects that include trades, entrepreneurship, religions, humanities, sciences and business studies.
The examining body is also responsible for the SSCE (external and internal) Junior Secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE) as well as the Primary 6 National Common Entrance Examination into federal unity schools across Nigeria.