…As body says use of biometric verification tools enable high detection of malpractice
By Elizabeth Uwandu
The acting registrar and chief executive officer, National Examinations Council (NECO), Mr Abubakar Gana, has stated that not less than 89.90 percent of the candidates that sat for June/July SSCE examination made five credit passes and above in all the courses taken.
Gana who disclosed this on Tuesday at the NECO headquarters in Minna, while giving a breakdown of the released results, noted that the use of biometric verification devices by the body made it possible to detect high number of candidates involved in malpractice.
He added that the figure rose from 20,181 in 2018 to 40,630 in 2019.
According to statistics, 1,163,194 registered for the examination, only 1,151,016 sat for the examination, out of which 146 were virtually impaired candidates.
The Registrar who noted that NECO has delivered on its mandate explained that “The number of candidates who made five credits and above including English language and Mathematics 829,787 representing 71.59 percent. “The number of candidates who made five Credits and above, irrespective of English language and Mathematics is 1,041,986 representing 89.90 percent.”
Meanwhile, three schools in Kebbi, Oyo, and Katsina were sanctioned by the Gana on account of going against the policy of NECO.
Gana pointed out that,“ Arising from the above, three schools, one each in Katsina, Kebbi, and Oyo states were recommended for de-recognition for two years for their involvement in mass cheating.
“Also, a total of 18 supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting, connivance with non-candidates and so on.
“In line with council’s zero tolerance for any form of examination malpractice, members of staff alleged to have behaved contrary to expectations are to face appropriate disciplinary measures once they fail to satisfactorily defend themselves,” he said.