Candidates’ performance declines as NECO releases November SSCE results

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A comparison of candidates' performance in NECO SSCE November/December 2018 and 2019
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The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the results of candidates who wrote the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted in November/December 2019.

A total of 70,140 candidates registered for the examination.

NECO also disclosed that only 48 per cent of candidates got five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics in the exams.

Of the 65,207 who sat for the English Language paper, 41,214, representing 63 per cent, got either Distinction or Credit in the subject.

However, 66,398 candidates sat for Mathematics, out of which 54,565, representing 82.18 per cent, got either Distinction or Credit in it.

The council’s Acting Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja.

When compared with the performance record in 2018, the results indicate a decline.

Whereas, the percentage of candidates who scored five credits and above in 2018 were 62.48 percent, that of 2019 is 48.68 per cent.

The NECO boss also indicated that candidates’ involvement in various forms of examination malpractices in 2019 also increased with 17,004 cases recorded as against 12,084 cases in 2018.

“This is an examination conducted for external candidates wishing to acquire the minimum requirements for admission into various tertiary institutions.

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“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 tor 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,” Gana said.

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