By Felix Khanoba
No fewer than 12,084 candidates were caught cheating in the November/December 2018 National Examination Council (NECO) Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
Acting Registrar of NECO, Mr Abubakar Gana, who made this known while announcing the results of the examination, said the incident of malpractices almost tripled the 4,425 recorded in the 2017 examination.
He blamed the upward trend on the desperation of candidates seeking to cut corners, adding that affected candidates cheated more in Mathematics, English Language, Biology and Economics.
According to a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, the NECO boss said 47,031 candidates; representing 79.27 per cent got five credits and above in the various subjects registered for in the examination.
Gana further noted that a total of 37,069 students representing 62.48 per cent, got credits in five subjects and above including the compulsory Mathematics and English Language.
While saying that 59,963 external candidates registered for the examination and were examined in about 28 subject areas, the exam boss said a further breakdown of candidates’ performance shows that 57,842 candidates sat for English Language out of which 44,497, representing 76.93 per cent got either distinction or credit.
“57,275 sat for Mathematics, out of which 47,151 representing 82.32 per cent got either distinction or credit.”
“A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics for 2017 and 2018 shows 56.79per cent for 2017 and 62.4 per cent for 2018. This represents an increase of 5.69 per cent,” the NECO boss said.
Gana enjoined candidates to log on to the Council’s website and click on NECO results to purchase a token that can be used to access their results.