The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the November/December 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, the registrar of NECO, broke the news on Thursday in Minna, the capital of Niger state.
The 2022 SSCE for external candidates was held from November 21 to December 21.
The NECO registrar said a total of 59,124 candidates sat for the examination, with 31,316 males, representing 52.96 per cent, while 27,808, representing 47.03 per cent, were female.
He said 58,012 candidates sat for the English Language with 44,162, representing 76.13 per cent, getting credit and above.
According to Wushishi, the number of candidates who wrote Mathematics is 57,700, out of which 43,096, representing 74.69 per cent, got credit and above.
He also disclosed that 46,825 candidates, representing 79.20%, got five credits and above — irrespective of English Language and Mathematics.
The NECO registrar revealed that 11,419 candidates were sanctioned for various forms of exam malpractice.
He added that the figure was in contrast with the 4,454 recorded in 2021 — a development he credited to the latest strategy adopted by the monitoring officers to curb exam malpractices.
“This led to the blacklisting of four supervisors, one each from Rivers and Plateau States and two from Ogun State for aiding and abetting as well as poor supervision,” the NECO boss said.
The exam body earlier said it will root out malpractice in all its exams by deploying officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to its centres.
“One of the biggest challenges bedeviling the conduct of public examinations now is the issue of examination malpractice,” he had said.
Wushishi said the council has rolled out measures to tackle malpractice in the conduct of all its exams.
He said this includes effective accreditation and biometric data capturing of candidates to check impersonation.
“Others are the use of officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to provide security at examination centres to prevent miscreants/agents of examination malpractice,” the NECO boss added.
“Provision of covert operations by officers of the Department of State Services to guide against compromising examination through the internet.
“Daily distribution of examination question papers and other sensitive materials, monitoring of marking exercise to ensure that best practices are observed, among others.”
Source: The Cable