The results of the June/July 2019 Senior School Certificate Examination have been released by the National Examinations Council.
This information was made known by the acting Registrar of NECO, Mr. Abubakar Gana, who added that the examination body recorded over forty thousand cases of malpractice.
Gana mentioned that only 71% of the candidates excelled above five credits in the list of subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, as the number of candidates that passed in English Language summed up to 984152 while 954,399 candidates aced their Mathematics papers.
According to the statistical reports given, a total of 1,041,986 candidates made five credits and above in their subject list irrespective of the number of people that did not pass English Language and Mathematics. This raises the success percentage by 0.5%.
The registrar also informed reporters that an aggregate of 1,163,194 were eligible and 99% of them sat down for the examination, including 161 blind candidates.
However, Abubakar Gana expressed his disappointment at the increase in the number of exam defaulters, as the tally doubled the record of the previous year.
He stated that three schools, situated in Oyo, Katsina and Kebbi respectively, have been derecognised for their involvement in the despicable acts. In addition, 18 invigilators have been penalised for aiding and abetting examination malpractice.