The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) for external candidates.
According to a release signed by NECO’s Head, Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani, Thursday, out of 41,459 candidates who registered for the examination, 39,503 were actually examined.
Announcing the results, NECO registrar, Professor Obioma explained that 26,277 candidates obained five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics, while 34,014 candidates also obtained five credits and above regardless of English Language and Mathematics.
The registrar who emphasised the council’s zero tolerance for examination malpractice, said appropriate standards and excellence were maintained right from the planning stage to the release of results.
The council boss disclosed that 6,465 cases of examination malpractice were recorded in the 2020 SSCE (External) as against 17,004 cases in 2019.
He said, “The reduction in the level of malpractice was as a result of deepened monitoring of the examination by members of the Governing Board, Management and Senior Staff of the Council.
“The registrar explained that in line with the council’s zero tolerance for examination malpractice, four supervisors who were found culpable of aiding and abetting malpractice have been disengaged from NECO’s service.
“One examination centre in Ogun State has been derecognised for intimidation and several attempts to induce NECO officials as well as aiding and abetting examination malpractice,” he said.
Obioma further disclosed that the results of 256,000 candidates who missed some papers during the 2020 SSCE (Internal) due to the ENDSARS protests in some states and who sat for those papers during the 2020 SSCE (External) were being released alongside those of external candidates today, Thursday.
He said, “It is gratifying to note that the examination was at no extra cost to the affected candidates.”
A further analysis of candidates’ performances indicates that 29,918 obtained credit and above in English Language, while 34,061 candidates obtained credit and above in Mathematics.
“This necessitated the rescheduling of the various examinations organised by NECO, for instance, 2020 SSCE (External) which ought to have been concluded in November/December 2020, was conducted in February/March 2021.”Inspite of these, we were not deterred rather we remained resilient and resolute in the conduct of our activities.
”Reiterating NECO’s commitment to conducting credible examinations, the council has scheduled her public examinations for year 2021 as follows: National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for admission into federal unity colleges is scheduled for May 29, 2021; SSCE (Internal) is scheduled from July 5 to August 16, 2021; while Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) will hold on August 23 to September 6, 2021.
The registrar expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for finding him worthy to be appointed to serve in his capacity as NECO registrar.
He also appreciated the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu,, Minister of State for Education and the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, for their support.
The registrar enjoined candidates to access their results on NECO website www.neco.gov.ng using their examination registration numbers.