According to reports, the National Examination Council (NECO) on Friday released the 2016 June/July Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results with 88.51 per cent of the candidates obtaining five credits pass and above in English Language and Mathematics.
Announcing the release of the results at the body’s headquarter in Minna, the NECO Registrar, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, said there is a one per cent increase in the general performance of candidates this year compared with 2015.
He said 905,011 or 88.51 per cent out of the 1,022,474 candidates that sat for the examination in Nigeria and other countries got five credits and above, while 84.54 per cent got credit pass and above in English Language and 80.16 per cent obtained credit pass and above in Mathematics.
Uwakwe said 194 schools were involved in mass cheating, while 14 schools have been derecognized by the body for examination malpractice.
He lamented the rate at which schools are involved in examination malpractice, stressing that any school caught will be derecognized.
The Registrar attributed the increased candidates’ performance in the examination to the staff of NECO, contributions from his predecessors who have laid a good foundation and the seriousness of the candidates.
He maintained that NECO would not reduce its standard especially as it intends to make its mark in the global assessment industry.
He said, “I want to solicit for support from all our stakeholders. NECO should be seen as a Nigerian baby that requires the care and support of all to enable her attain that first class international status. We are working hard to ensure NECO makes her mark in the global assessment industry.”
Uwakwe said students can assess their results on NECO website.