THE National Examination Council (NECO) has announced the release of the results of candidates who sat for the 2018 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) across the country.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Gana in which he stated that a total number of 59,963 candidates registered for the examination and while a total of 28 subjects were examined.
On the performance of candidates in the examination, he explained that 57,842 candidates sat for English Language out of which 44,497 representing 76.93 percent got either distinction or credit.
He added that 57,275 candidates sat for Mathematics, out of which 47,151 representing 82.32 percent got either distinction or credit.
The Registrar further disclosed that 37,069 candidates, representing 62,48 percent got five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
“While 47,031 candidates, representing 79.27 percent got five credits and above, irrespective of English Language and Mathematics,” he said.
“A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five Credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics for 2017 and 2018 shows 56.79 percent for 2017 and 62.48 percent for 2018. This represents an increase of 5.69 percent in 2018.”
He however revealed that a total of 12,084 candidates were arrested for their involvement in examination malpractices during the conduct of the examination.
Gana further explained that the figure was 7,659 higher than that of the 2017 which was just 4,425.
This according to him, shows the desperation by candidates to cut corners and also “the determination by the Council to apprehend the culprits, in line with our zero tolerance for examination malpractice.”