The National Examination Council (NECO) on Tuesday released its June/July Senior School Secondary Examination results and also blacklisted three schools in Katsina, Kebbi amd Oyo States for their involvement in mass cheating during the examinations.
Alhaji Abubakar Gana, Acting Registrar of the examination council, disclosed this in Minna, saying that a total number of 1,163,194 registered for the examination.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), a total of 40,630 cases of malpractices were recorded which represented about 3.53 per cent in 2019 compared to 20,181 in 2018.
The Acting Registrar made it known that 1,151,016 candidates sat for the 2019 examination, including 146 blind students.
He said candidates who made credit and above in English language were 984,152, which represented 85.50% while candidates who made credit in Mathematics were 954,399, which represented 83.03%.
He also explained that candidates with five credits and above, including English and Mathematics were 829,787, representing 71.59%, when compared to the 2018 June/July SSCE, which was an increase of 0.11%.
Gana explained that, in line with the Council’s zero tolerance for any form of examination malpractice, members of staff alleged to have behaved contrary to expectations, would face appropriate disciplinary measures once they failed to satidfy the board.
“This is in line with the tradition of NECO. Last year all those who compromised were made to face disciplinary committee to defend themselves,” he stated.