• 12,084 Candidates Arrested For Examination Malpractice
The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2018 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination for external candidates.
Acting Registrar of NECO, Mr. Abubakar Gana, who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, yesterday, said 59,963 candidates registered for the examination and were examined in 28 subject areas.He stated that a total of 37,069 candidates, representing 62.48 per cent, got five credits and above, including English and Mathematics, while 47,031 candidates, representing 79.27 per cent, got five credits and above, irrespective of English and Mathematics.
While giving further breakdown of the performance of candidates, he said 57,842 sat for English Language, out of which 44,497, representing 76.93 per cent, got either distinction or credit, adding that a total of 12,084 candidates were arrested for their involvement in examination malpractices during the conduct of the examination.
The acting Registrar said the figure was 7,659 higher than that of 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.”
Examination malpractice attracts N50, 000 fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both fine and imprisonment.
It is not clear how many candidates have been prosecuted for examination malpractice by the examination body since its inception.