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Sugar: Over 70 percent pass NECO
National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the result of its 2017 June/July Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with 745,053 candidates – about 70.85 per cent – making five credits and above in English Language and Mathematics.

Announcing the release of the results yesterday in Minna, its Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, said 1,051,472 candidates sat for the examination.

He said 903,690 candidates made credit and above in English Language, 849,335 got credit and above in General Mathematics), 561,437 in Economics and 599,093 (Biology).

Uwakwe added that the result showed 1.11 per cent improvement in candidates’ performance compared with 2016 results.

Ekiti State, he said, emerged top in students’ performance with 85 per cent scoring five credits and above, including Mathematics and English.

Edo and Bayelsa states came second and third with 84.61 and 84.52 per cent.
The examination body said 276 schools were involved in mass cheating in 34 states and six schools have been derecognised for examination malpractice.

Also, 23 supervisors that aided malpractice were blacklisted.

Kebbi State top the chart in malpractice cases with 8,124 candidates involved and Bauchi and Borno states followed with 5,458 and 3,980 students.

He noted that 50,586 candidates were involved in examination malpractices, which increased the rate of offence from 4.29 per cent in 2016 to 4.81 per cent in 2017.

It represents 0.52 per cent in cases of malpractice compared with 2016.

The registrar, who hailed the staff for their courage and determination in keeping the integrity of the examination body intact, stated that the standard of NECO will continue to remain uncompromised.
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