On Tuesday, The National Examinations Council (NECO) made history by releasing the results of the November/December Senior School Certificate Examination it conducted between November and December 2017 in a record of 38 days.
In the past, NECO had released the results 80 days after the conduct of the last paper, a situation that had hampered admission into tertiary institutions by successful candidates.
NECO Registrar, Professor Charles Uwakwe, who announced the results in Minna, Nigeri State, said of the 42,429 candidates that sat for the examination, 24,098 representing 56.79 per cent passed with five credits and above including English and Mathematics.
Uwakwe also said 32,917 candidates passed with five credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics, adding that 32,701 candidates passed at credit level and above in Mathematics and 29,258 scored credit and above in English Language.
The Registrar said the examination body recorded a marginal decrease in the number of malpractices with 4,425 cases representing 5.9 per cent decrease.
Uwakwe attributed the early release of the results to “the council’s new work ethos that borders on efficient service delivery
“It is also to enable candidates who wish to gain admission into higher institutions utilise the results before the end of admission process for the 2017/2018 academic session
“This is another landmark in business of conducting a hitch-free and credible examination in the country. It is therefore not an overstatement that the council is a leading light in the examination industry as it continues to be in tune with best practices in the global assessment industry.”
An analysis of the results showed that Ogun State which fielded 5,687 candidates led the 36 states and Abuja by recording 91.42 per cent pass followed by Akwa-Ibom with 1,118 candidates which recorded 87 per cent pass and Oyo State with 8, 513 candidates recording 86.90 percent pass.
Like in the June/July SSCE, Zamfara State fielded 230 candidates, and recorded 12.90 per cent pass to come last.