National Examinations Council (NECO) has announced that it had de-recognized four schools for their involvement in examination cheating and other offences, blacklisted 29 supervisors as it declared 700,000 students successful in the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
Speaking to news men today, September 29, in Minna, Niger State capital, NECO Chief Executive Officer, Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi said that the four schools were de-recognised “for two years due to their involvement in mass cheating/whole school cases.”
According to him, the decision was part of efforts to show stakeholders of its commitment to zero-tolerance for examination malpractice.
“Also, twenty-nine supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, Insult, Aiding and Abetting, during the examinations.”
He said that a total of 13,594 candidates, representing 0.13 percent of the total number of candidates, were involved in various forms of malpractice during the conduct of the examination.
According to him, the figure of those involved in examination malpractice in 2021 was 20,003 and it represented 1.63 percent of the total number of candidates for the year.
“The Council has a long-standing tradition of zero tolerance for malpractice. Thus, it can be noticed that the malpractice incidence in 2022 has dropped, compared to the figure of 2021,” he said, adding that NECO would remain steadfast in its commitment to sanitising the system.
Professor Ibrahim Datti said that in spite of the malpractices, this year’s Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) was adjudged by many stakeholders to be hugely successful in recent years, adding: “tThis indeed is a big achievement.”
He said that out of the 1,198,412 candidates that sat for the examination, 727,864 candidates, representing 60.74 per cent recorded credit pass and above in five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
Ibrahim Wushishi, who also serves as registrar, described the process this year as a big achievement under his watch as a substantive head.
He advised concerned candidates to check NECO’s website for the results.