The results for the National Examination Council (NECO) for 2019 Nov./Dec. Senior School Certificate Examination are out with only 48 per cent of candidates having credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
The council said in its statement that a comparative analysis was carried out, showing that in 2018 and 2019, 62.48 percent and 48.68 percent candidates scored five credits and above respectively. This clearly shows a decline in candidates performance.
Mr Abubakar Gana, the register of NECO said in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja that there is an increase in malpractices from 2019 with a case record of 17,004 cases as opposed to 2018’s 12,084.
He said, "This is an examination conducted for external candidates wishing to acquire the minimum requirements for admission into various tertiary institutions.
“Also, 33,576 candidates, representing 48.68 per cent got five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics. A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics for 2018 and 2019 shows 62.48 per cent for 2018 and 48.68 per cent for 2019, representing a decrease of 13.8 per cent in 2019.
“It should, however, be noted that not all candidates require credit in either English Language or Mathematics or both. Concerning candidates’ involvement in various forms of malpractice in 2019 when compared to 2018, there is an increase in the number of candidates booked for malpractice.
“While 12,084 cases were recorded in 2018, 17,004 cases were recorded in 2019. This came about as a result of the comprehensive monitoring by senior staff which also resulted in the decline in the number of candidates with five credits and above.”
This results are being released 49 days later after the examination with a total of 29 subjects written by 70,140 candidates.