• NECO: Things Are Geting Better


    A total of 61,897 candidates registered for the 2013 November/December examinations, out of which 61,759 sat for an average of eight subjects as details released by the council show.

    The results were recently released and many students were not disappointed as it was the case in the past because remarkable progress was recorded which means that we may have begun to get it right in the education sector afterall.

    The analysis of cases of examination malpractice showed that only 0.14 percent of possible cases were recorded at the national level. The low level of malpractice as revealed by the data is a testimony that things are getting better from the side of the council which tries to ensure a malpractice-free examination and also from the candidates who appeared to have heeded advice and prepared well.

    The registrar and chief executive officer of NECO, Prof. Promise Okpala, while announcing the release of the results said: “Realising the mandate of conducting malpractice-free examination makes the responsibility more challenging. It is more challenging because the conduct of an examination is one side of the coin and achieving integrity of the result is another.

    “In realisation of the need to collaborate with other agencies, the council, as usual, employed the services of lecturers of tertiary institutions as external monitors and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to ensure that candidates conformed to the standard of examination procedures,” he further stated.

    Even though the Boko Haram insurgency and the growing insecurity in some parts of the North had been identified as capable of affecting the conduct of NECO examinations in the northern part, the ‘can do spirit’ exhibited by many of the students proved that circumstances can affect but do not determine the performance of candidates.

    Okpala said “during the conduct of the examination, the council was faced with challenges associated with insecurity in some parts of the country. The challenges affected the overall timeline for the conduct of the exanimation, marking of the result scripts and the release of the results scripts’’

    Announcing the results, Okpala, said there was a remarkable improvement in candidates’ performances in the core subject areas of English and Mathematics compared to the situation in the previous years.

    He said that out of 61,759 candidates who sat for the examination, 31, 201 scored credits in Mathematics, while 28,113 candidates, representing 48.7 per cent, scored credits in English Language.

    He said that Zamfara recorded the highest cases of malpractice in the examination with 6.14 per cent and was followed by Imo with 5.28 per cent.

    The Federal Capital Territory and Bayelsa however, recorded zero per cent in cases of examination malpractice.

    Some of the cases of malpractice by type include aiding and abetting, seeking and receiving help from non-candidates which had 217 culprits and recorded 32.01 percent as the highest and collusion as the lowest with only 2 persons involved and with a percentage of 0.26 percent.

    Others that recorded zero percent include leakage (collective or individual), mass cheating, collective insult/assault and violent behavior and bringing dangerous weapons to the hall among others.

    Source: Leadership Newspaper

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