The National Examinations Council(NECO) has disclosed it recorded a 0.98% decrease in examination malpractices incidences; 20,003 candidates caught this year against 33,470 cases recorded in 2020.
NECO Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, made the announcement on Friday, October 29, 2021 at a press briefing on the release of this year’s Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) internal results in Minna, Niger State.
TheFact Nigeria observed that there was an increase in number of candidates who sat for the examinations this year; 1,226,796 candidates this year, against 1,209,992 in 2020.
Prof. Wushishi noted that the drop in malpractice incidence in 2021 was attributed to the deployment of biometric verification devices and strengthening of the examination monitoring strategy in terms of scope and depth.
He disclosed that five schools, one each in Bauchi, Kaduna and Bayelsa and two in Katsina state were recommended for derecognition for two years due to their involvement in mass cheating/whole school cases.
He added that twenty supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting, connivance with non candidates to write answers on chalkboards, compromise and extortion.
The NECO Registrar maintained that the Council had a long-standing tradition for zero tolerance for malpractice which it intends to maintain.
He apologized for the delay in the release of results and assured that the Council would do everything in it’s power to forestall such occurrencies in the future.
He posited that this year’s Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) Internal had been adjudged by many stakeholders to be very successful. This, he said was “no doubt, a big achievement”.
The NECO Registrar who read out the results of the 2021 SSCE (Internal) said: “Number of candidates that registered for the examination is 1,233,631, with 657,389 male, representing 53.28% and 576,242 female, representing 46.71%.
“Number of candidates that actually sat for the examination is 1,226,796, with 653,418 male representing 53.26% and 573,378 female representing 46.74%
“Number of candidates with Special Needs is 1,119, with the breakdown as follows: 59 Albinos, 174 with Autism, 708 Deaf and 178 visually impaired.
“Number of candidates who made Credit and above in English Language is 945,853 representing 77.72%.
“Number of candidates who made Credit and above in Mathematics is 1,094,291 representing 90%.
“Number of candidates who made five (5) Credits and above including English Language and Mathematics is 878,925 representing 71.64%. When compared to 2020 SSCE (Internal) figures of 894,101 (73.89%) there is a decrease of 2.25%.
“Number of candidates who made five (5) Credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics is 1,226,796 representing 94.04%. When compared to 2020 SSCE (Internal) figures of 1,112,041 (91.91%) there is an increase of 2.13%.
“Number of candidates involved in various forms of malpractice in 2021 is 20,003 representing 1.63%. Whereas 33,470 representing 2.61% cases were recorded in 2020.
“Nevertheless, the 2021 SSCE (1) results are hereby released to the public. I am delighted to also mention that the 2021 BECE result is hereby released to the public”, said Prof. Wushishi.
Candidates can now access their results on NECO website: www.neco.gov.ng using their examination registration number.