Friday, September 11, 2015

68.6% pass NECO; again, debtor states’ results withheld

Minna—National Examinations Council, NECO, has
released the 2015 Senior School Certificate
Examination, SSCE, with candidates scoring 68.56
percent with five credits and above, including English
Language and Mathematics, which is an appreciable
improvement over the past, especially last year's

A total number of 975,991 registered for the various
examinations out of which 969,491 sat for the papers
with 664,747 or 68.56 percent passing with five
credits and above; in 2014, by comparison, 978,886
sat for the examinations with 511,931 or 52.29
percent passing with five credits and above.

The new Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO,
Professor Abdulrashid Garba, who announced the
release at Council's head Office, Minna Thursday,
said the results were an improvement of 12 percent
compared to that of last year.

Centres de-recognized

He remarked that though the NECO examinations
were not completely devoid of malpractices in some
centres and schools, where such cases were
established, results of such schools or centres were
either withheld or cancelled, while those
apprehended will also be prosecuted to show the
council's zero tolerance for examination malpractices
and add credibility to the examinations in future.

Professor Garba stated that besides the cancellation,
the centres and schools already established to be
involved in the malpractices, had been de-recognized
indefinitely, while some were suspended or totally

Seven centres across the country have been
discovered and sanctioned accordingly.

He said already, some of the ad hoc staff linked to
any form of malpractice or for other negligence had
also been disengaged from the services of the

On debtor states

The Registrar, while answering questions on debtor
states, said results of such schools were being
withheld and would be released if commitments
were shown by the affected schools.
Garba said: "t is not only government schools that
owe. I can tell you that only 13 schools, including
private schools, owe us and already most of them are
showing commitments to settle and we will release
such results once we reach an agreement."

He attributed the considerable improvement in this
year's results to the commitment of various
governments at all levels to the funding education
and NECO's curriculum, which he described as more
"indigenous and homely."

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