The National Examination Council (NECO) on Friday released the results of the Senior School Certificate Examination it conducted in and outside the country between June and July this year, with Ekiti State having the best performance with 96.48 percent followed by Katsina State with 72.59 per cent.
Since the assumption of office of Governor Ayodele Fayose, the State have been witnessing steady improvement in the education sector, with the State coming from 26 percent performance in the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination in 2014 to 36.5 per cent in 2015 and 42 per cent in 2016, coming 11th in 2016 in the federation and 2nd in the Southwest.
In NECO, Ekiti came 10th with 74.5 per cent performance in 2015.
The new Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NECO, Professor Charles Uwake, who released the result for the first time in Minna, Niger state, said of the 1,022,474 candidates that sat for the examination, 905,011 recorded credit and above in five subjects.
He said the results showed a remarkable improvement in the performance of candidates that sat for the examination.
“An analysis of the result across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory FCT indicated that Ekiti state topped all others with 96.485 of its candidates that sat for the examination coming out victorious while Edo state was second with 96.31% while Abias and Kogi were joint third,” the Registrar said.
This year’s results also showed that 88.51 per cent of the overall candidates had five credits in English and Mathematics, marking a one per cent improvement in the overall performance of candidates over 2015 results.
Mr. Uwakwe said the 88.51 per cent (905, 011) had credits in the exam out of a total 1, 022, 474 candidates from Nigeria and other countries.
About 84.54 per cent of the candidates scored credit pass and above in English Language and 80.16 per cent obtained credit pass and above in Mathematics, Mr. Uwakwe said.
Mr. Uwakwe said NECO detect exam malpractices in about 194 centers, while 14 schools have been deregistered for similar offences.
Mr. Uwakwe said the improvement in this year’s results showed that his predecessors’ efforts have now started yielding good outcome, and promised to improve the current standards.
“I want to solicit for support from all our stakeholders. NECO should be seen as a Nigerian baby that requires the care and support of all to enable her attain that first class international status,” Mr. Uwakwe said. “We are working hard to ensure NECO makes her mark in the global assessment industry.”