The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination for External Candidates.
This is as the council announced that it has recorded 6,465 exam malpractice cases against 17,004 cases rocorded in 2019.
Announcing the results at the Council Headquarters in Minna, Niger State capital, on Thursday, the Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Godswill Obioma, disclosed that a total of 41,459 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 39,503 actually sat.
The NECO boss explained further that a total of 26,277 candidates obtained five credits and above including, English Language and Mathematics, while 34,014 candidates also obtained five credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics.
The Registrar who reiterated the Council’s zero tolerance for examination malpractice, noted that appropriate standards and excellence were maintained right from the planning stage to the release of results.
“We recorded 6,465 cases of examination malpractice in the 2020 SSCE External as against 17,004 cases in 2019,” he said.
He noted that 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 blacklisted and would no longer be engaged in the conduct of NECO examinations.
One examination centre in Ogun State has been de-recognized for intimidation and several attempts to induce NECO officials as well as aiding and abetting examination malpractice.
It was 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) are being released alongside those of external candidates.
He said, “It is gratifying to note that the examination was at no extra cost to the affected candidates.”
A further analysis of candidates performance indicates that a total number of 29,918 obtained credit and above in English Language while a total number of 34,061 candidates obtained credit and above in Mathematics.
The Registrar stated that the year 2020 ushered in very daunting challenges essentially occasioned by COVID-19 Pandemic and ENDSARS Protests in the pursuit of the Council mandates.
He explained that, “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.”
Professor Obioma explained that in view of the above and based on approval of the Federal Ministry of Education, NECO has scheduled her public examinations for the year 2021 as follows:
National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for admission of JSS 1 students into Federal Unity Colleges is scheduled for Saturday 29th May, 2021.
Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) Internal is scheduled from Monday 5th July to Monday 16th August, 2021.
Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is scheduled for Monday 23rd August to Monday 6th September, 2021 in order to enable students at that level cover enough subject matter for the examination.
Candidates are enjoined to access their results on NECO website www.neco.gov.ng, using their examination registration numbers.