By Williams Anuku, Abuja
Owing to distractions caused by the #EndSARS campaign, the National Examinations Council (NECO) has suspended the ongoing 2020 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) Indefinitely.
The Board of NECO came to the resolution after a review meeting on Thursday last week.
Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division confirmed the development in a statement on Sunday.
He said, “The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) at its Special Meeting held on Thursday, 22nd October 2020 reviewed the on-going 2020 SSCE(Internal) nationwide.
“The Council had in a press release, dated 21st October 2020, informed the general public of rescheduling some papers of the 2020 on-going SSCE.
“Arising from that meeting, the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE(Internal) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges, occasioned by the ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country.
“In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges:
Some state governments imposed a curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property.
“In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the Council to move examination materials across the country; students in the affected locations were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table”.
The Governing Board however resolved, that when normalcy returns, the Council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all States.
“While regretting any inconveniences this postponement may cause our esteemed stakeholders, the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination, “Sani explained.