The National Examinations Council, NECO, has announced the release of the 2018 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination, SSSCE, for external candidates.
Acting Registrar of NECO, Mr Abubakar Gana, who made the announcement in a statement available to newsmen in Abuja, said 59,963 candidates registered for the examination and were examined in about 28 subject areas.
Gana noted that a total of 37,069 candidates representing 62.48 per cent who sat for the exams got five credits and above while 47,031 candidates, representing 79.27 per cent got five credits and above, irrespective of English and Mathematics.
While giving further breakdown of the performance of candidates, he said 57,842 sat for English Language out of which 44,497, representing 76.93 got either distinction or credit, adding that “57,275 sat for Mathematics, out of which 47151 representing 82.32% got either distinction or credit.”
“A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics for 2017 and 2018 shows 56.79% for 2017 and 62.48% for 2018. This represents an increase of 5.69%,” he said.
Speaking on irregularities during the exercise, the NECO boss said there was an upward trend in candidates’ involvement in examinations malpractice as compared to 2017, as a total of 12,084 candidates were caught cheating as against 4,425 in 2017.
He said the increase in cases of exam malpractice reflects the desperation by candidates seeking to cut corners and the determination of the council to apprehend culprits in line with its zero tolerance for examination malpractice.
According to him, candidates cheated more in mathematics, English language, biology and economics, subject areas candidates often find it difficult to pass.
Gana enjoined candidates to note that result checker cards will no longer be used to check their results, urging them to log on to the council’s website and click on NECO results to purchase a token that can be used to access their results.