223,000 Candidates Missed Exams Over #EndSARS – NECO

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Statitics released by NECO shows that about 223,000 candidates missed the National Examination Council (NECO) exams as a result of the #EndSARS protests, last year.

This is coming just as NECO has released the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with 73 percent level of pass based on five credits and above including English and Mathematics.

NECO said 223,000 candidates missed some of the examinations as a result of #EndSARS protests.

The Registrar and Chief Executive of NECO, Professor Godswill Obioma while releasing the result yesterday said for examination malpractice 12 schools have been recommended for deregistration as NECO examination centres.

He said the states where the 223000 candidates missed examinations were Abia State, Enugu State, Edo State, Rivers State, Ondo State, Osun State, Ekiti State, Lagos State, Oyo State, Kano State, FCT and Ogun State.

He said the subjects they missed were, Chemistry 1 (Practical), Economics, Commerce, Technical Drawing, Food and Nutrition and Further Mathematics.

He said the number of candidates that registered for the examination was 1,221,447 consisting of 665,830 males and 555,617 females. The number of candidates that actually sat for the examination was 1,209,992; 659,796 males representing 54.53 percent and 550,126 females representing 45.46 percent.

Prof Obioma said the number of candidates with special needs was 160 while the number of candidates who made credit and above in English Language is 973,331 representing 82.68 per cent of the candidates.

He added that the number of candidates who made credit and above in Mathematics was 1,060,100 representing 90.08 percent whereas the numbernof candidates who made five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics was 894,101 representing 73.87 per cent. When compared to 2019 June/July SSCE figures of 829,787 there is an increase of 2.3 per cent.

The Registrar added that the number of candidates who made five credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics was 1,112,041 representing 91.91 per cent. When compared to 2019 June/July SSCE figures of 1,042,989, there is an increase of 2.01 per cent.

According to him “Number of candidates involved in various forms of malpractice in 2020 is 33,470 representing 2.61 percent whereas 40.630 representing 3.53 percent cases were recorded in 2019.

“Arising from the above 12 schools; 4 in Adamawa, 2 in Kaduna, 2 in Katsina, 2 in Niger, 1 in Taraba states and 1 in FCT were recommended for de-recognition for two years for their involvement in mass
cheating/whole school cases.”

Consequently, the Registrar disclosed that 24 supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting malpractices and connivance with non-candidates to write answer on chalkboard among other offences.

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