AFTER three years of consecutive mass failure at Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), National Examinations Council (NECO) Thursday announced that 69.57 per cent candidates have five credits and above in the just concluded June/July 2013 SSCE.
Making the announcement in Minna, Niger State, the Registrar and the Chief Executive of the Council, Prof. Promise Okpala said 681,507 candidates representing 66.63 per cent made credit pass and above in English Language while 668,314 candidates or 65.50 per cent recorded same in Mathematics.
Giving a brief breakdown of the result, he said in Biology, 66.88 per cent have credit and above, 66.68 per cent of the candidates that wrote Physics and 66.41 per cent Chemistry candidates equally made credit pass and above.
The NECO boss also said of the 1,034,263 candidates that sat for the examination out of which 128 are blind, 998,624 or 96.55 per cent made five passes and above.
The elated NECO registrar also said that low percentage of the candidates was involved in examination malpractice.
Giving a comparative analysis of students’ performance in the last three years, Okpala said the council witnessed “rises in performance from 15.84 per cent in 2011 through 51.66 per cent last year to this year’s 69.57 per cent”.
He attributed the improved performance on resolve by the federal and states governments as well as other stakeholders to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the country. Okpala described the improved performances over the years as “empirical indications that the efforts of the President and the Ministry of Education are yielding positive results.”