The National Examinations Council, NECO, has released 2013 Senior Schools Certificate Examinations results with a considerable improvement by the students nationwide compared with the past results.
A breakdown of the results shows that about 69.57 per cent of the candidate had credit while most of the students also came out with good results in both English Language and Mathematics.
Releasing the results at the Headquarters of the Examinations body in Minna, the Niger State capital, the Registrar, Professor Promise Nwachukwu Okpala, said a total number of 1,052,898 candidates registered for the examinations.
Okpala said out of the figure, 1,034,263 candidates actually sat for the examinations. He noted that 681,507, representing 66. 63 per cent passed English Language at credit level while 668,314, representing 65.50 per cent also passed Mathematics at credit level.
According to the Registrar, 719593, representing 69.57 per cent passed at credit level, while number of candidates who made five passes and above stood at 998,624, representing 96. 55 per cent.
Also, the number of candidates involved in examinations malpractices dropped to 8,308, representing 0.80 per cent.
“This year’s result shows a remarkable improvement compared to that of 2011 result, which stood at 15.84 per cent pass at credit level and 2012 result of 51. 66 per cent also at credit level,” the elated Registrar declared.
He, however, said that despite the brilliant results, some schools and students were still caught in examination malpractices, but added that those involved has been sanctioned by de-registration or cancellation of results.
About 36 schools involved have been de-registered for a period of two years.
He said the affected schools have been notified officially.
He said that the identities of the schools would be made public as soon as the Council concludes all the necessary procedures which included allowing the schools to defend themselves.
According to him: “The council has zero tolerance for examination malpractice. It has thus sanctioned schools and candidates involved in examination malpractice through de-recognition or cancellation of results. To this end, the Council has de-recognised 36 schools for a period of two years.
“The essence of the two year de-recognition is to recover the schools and not destroy them. The two years sanction is meant to jolt the affected schools towards abstaining from examination malpractice in the future.”