NECO releases Nov/DEC 2018 examination results
says 62.48% candidates scored 5 credit including English, Mathematics
THE National Examinations Council (NECO) on Friday announced the release of the 2018 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination, SSSCE, for external candidates.
Acting Registrar of NECO, Mr Abubakar Gana, who announced the release of the results said a total of 37,069 candidates representing 62.48 per cent who sat for the exams got five credits and above including English and Mathematics.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, Gana disclosed a total of 59,963 candidates registered for the examination and was examined in about 28 subject areas.
He also disclosed a total of 12,084 candidates were arrested for their involvement in examination malpractices during the conduct of the examination.
He said 47, 031 candidates, representing 79.27 per cent obtained five credits and above, irrespective of English and Mathematics.
The NECO boss while the given further breakdown of the performance of candidates, said 57,842 sat for English Language out of which 44,497, representing 76.93 got either distinction or credit.
He added 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.
On examination malpractices, during the exercise, the NECO Registrar 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.
He noted candidates cheated more in mathematics, English language, biology and economics, subject areas candidates often find it difficult to pass.
Gana said the result checker cards would no longer be used to check their results, urging candidates 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.