The National Examinations Council (NECO) is a Nigerian examination body that administers the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in the country.
It was created in 1999 following the promulgation of a decree by Abdulsalami Abubakar as a military administrator.
By its mandate, NECO was to take over the responsibilities of the National Board for Educational Measurement (NBEM) which was created, in 1992, by the Ibrahim Babangida administration.
At a point, there was the need to establish it’s office in every state in Nigeria and by January 2000, offices were established in every state, including the FCT.
The examination body conducted its maiden examination in the country in mid-2000.
While WAEC takes charge of SSCE examination for private candidates, NECO takes exclusive charge of the conduct of the SSCE for school based candidates.
Not only that, it also conducts the General Certificate in Education in June/July and December/ January.
The head of this examination is called the Registrar. The person is directly appointed by the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It is made up of six departments and each department is headed by a director. Each department has units too.
The governing body of NECO is made up of directors and the registrar. Presently, Dr. Paddy Njoku is the chairman of NECO’s governing body.
NECO timetable are usually released before the commencement of examination. NECO’s examination council is solely responsible for the preparation and release of NECO timetable. The timetable contains the date, time and day of each subject to be written by students.
So far, NECO has been commended for the timely release of their results. NECO results are released after months of examination.
Students, who sat for the examination usually buy scratch cards from offices or designated outlets at a recommended price. Then, with the card pin, they easily log in to the examination body’s website to check and print their result.
Results are checked at the website www.mynecoexams.com.
Students who wish to register for examinations such as GCE or NECO SSCE usually buy NECO registration cards at the offices.
Before the emergence of NECO, it was the exclusive responsibility of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to conduct the senior school Certificate Examinations (SSCE).
Candidates sitting for the examination usually write a maximum of nine subject papers. During examination, students are not permitted to come into the examination hall with cell phones. Also albinos and blind candidates are given extra 30 minutes across all subjects.
Candidates sitting for welding and fabrication, engineering craft practice are given visual art paper iv three weeks to the examination while others receive theirs at least one week before the examination.
Also, examination venues for candidates sitting for subjects like physical education and auto mechanic practical 1; French, music and Arabic paper iv are confirmed in offices across the country.
It is worthy to note that the 2016 examination will hold from 28th May 2016 to 18th July 2016.