The Guardian] NECO Records Best Results in Six Years
52% pass June/July SSCE at credit level
• Over 69 per cent make English, Mathematics
AFTER six years of dismal performance by its candidates, the National Examinations Council (NECO) Wednesday announced that 52.29 percent of persons who sat for this year’s June/July Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) passed at credit level in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Announcing the result yesterday in Minna, Niger State, the NECO Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Promise Okpala, said that 74.30 percent of the candidates made five credits and above generally.
According to him, of the 989,622 persons who registered for the examinations, only 978,886 candidates eventually wrote the examination, which covers about 76 subjects. Giving a breakdown of the result, Okpala said that 72.58 percent scored credit level and above in English Language while 69.49 percent made similar grades in Mathematics.
In sciences, 72.86 percent of candidates that sat for Chemistry had credits, 69.38 percent of Physics candidates had credit levels while Biology candidates registered 67.83 percent credit grades.
Okpala noted that beyond the cost of running the examination, insecurity in many parts of the country grossly affected the council’s logistics operations during the school-based examination.
According to him, “in spite of the challenges facing the council, I feel highly elated that the conduct of the 2014 SSCE examinations was a huge success.”
He added that the council’s efforts at reducing examination malpractices paid off, as only 0.44 percent of candidates were involved in malpractices, and “this low level of malpractice was an eloquent testimony to the painstaking efforts the council has consistently made to eradicate examination malpractice.”
Meanwhile, 16 schools were de-recognized for three years while six supervisors and one invigilator were blacklisted for their involvement in examination malpractice during the case in view.
An analysis of past results showed a steady improvement over the past three years, with NECO posting the best result in the current year.