The National Examination Council (NECO) says it recorded 17,004 exam malpractice cases in its 2019 Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) — as against the 12,084 cases in 2018.
Abubakar Gana, the council’s acting registrar, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja while announcing the release of its November/December results.
He said that a total of 70,140 candidates registered for the exam and 65,207 sat for the English, with 63 per cent of this figure (41,214) getting either distinction or credit.
According to him, an analysis of the number of candidates who scored five credits and above, however, revealed that the council recorded a 13.8 per cent drop in 2019.
“On the other hand, 50,057 candidates, representing 72.57 per cent got five credits and above, irrespective of English Language and Mathematics,” the acting registrar said.
“A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above, including English and Mathematics for 2018 and 2019, shows 62.48 per cent for 2018 and 48.68 per cent for 2019.”
“This represents a decrease of 13.8 per cent in 2019 and it’s coming exactly 49 days after the last paper was written. A total of 29 subjects were examined.”
On candidates’ involvement in examination malpractice in 2019 as against 2018, he said there was an increase as 12,084 cases were recorded in 2018 as against 17,004 recorded in 2019.
“This came about as a result of the comprehensive monitoring by senior staff. This also resulted in the decline in the number of candidates with 5 Credits and above,” he said.
While instructing candidates on how to proceed, Gana called those who participated in the examination to log on to the council’s website and follow the prompts to access their results.