The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the 2016 June/July Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
The Registrar and CEO of NECO, Professor Charles Uwakwe, announced the release of the results on Friday in Minna, Niger State’s capital in north-central Nigeria.
According to the Registrar, 88.51% of the candidates obtained five credit pass and above including English Language and General Mathematics, noting that there was a 20% increase in the general performance of candidates in 2016, as compared with 2015.
Prof. Uwakwe also disclosed that out of the 905,011 of the 1,022,474 students that sat for the examination in Nigeria and other countries got five credits and above while 84.54% got credit pass and above in English Language and 80.16% obtained credit pass and above in General Mathematics.
He, however, said that 194 schools were involved in mass cheating while 14 schools had been derecognised by NECO for examination malpractice, even as 76 subjects were examined.
Decrying the rates at which schools were involved in malpractices and cheating, he further warned that any school caught would be derecognised.
Analysing the result across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, NECO boss said Ekiti State topped all others with 96.485 of its candidates that sat for the examination coming out victorious, Edo state was second with 96.31% while Abia and Kogi were joint third.
He attributed the increased performance of students in the examination to the contributions from NECO staff and his predecessors, who he said had laid a good foundation and the seriousness of the students.
The NECO boss stated that the examination body would not reduce its standard in any way, especially as it intended to make its mark in the global assessment industry.
Candidates can check their results on NECO website.