NIGERIA: 70% of Students Fail Neco Examination

 The National Examinations Council (NECO) on Wednesday in Minna, Niger State, released the results of the November/December 2014 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with 30.57 per cent of the candidates who sat for the examination passing at credit level in five major subjects including mathematics and English language.

The results showed an improvement from the 2013 result which recorded 28.62 per cent of the candidates with five credits and above.

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Professor Promise Okpala, who made the announcement,  said out of the 63,445 candidates who registered for the examination, only 61,386 candidates sat for it.

The breakdown of the results showed that 59,996 out of 63,445 or 52.39 per cent scored credit pass in English language while 29,568 out of 59,262 or 49.8 per cent had credit pass in Mathematics.

In sciences, 51.62  per cent of candidates who sat for Chemistry had credit pass, 53.01  per cent of economics candidates had credit pass while in Biology 50.04  per cent of the candidates made credit grades.

The NECO Registrar said there had been improvements in NECO SSCE results in the last four years, adding that: “A four-year analysis of candidates who obtained five credits and above including English language and Mathematics shows that in 2011, 1.77 per cent of candidates passed, in 2012, 13.40 per cent credit pass, in 2013, 28.62 per cent credit pass while in 2014, it improved to 30.57 per cent.”

He further said 620 candidates which is one per cent of the candidates were involved in malpractices at the national level, adding that the low level of malpractice is an eloquent testimony of the painstaking efforts the council had consistently made to eradicate examination malpractices.

Okpala stated that the council was working to ensure integrity with its results, adding that the success of the council in achieving credible examination is attributed to the support and cooperation of other agencies.

He called on Nigerians to support and ensure that the efforts of the federal government is sustained urging them to also ensure high quality teaching and learning process in schools.

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