The National Examination Council, NECO, has released the 2018 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, with a 62.48% candidates scoring at least five credits and above in both English Language and Mathematics.
Speaking on Friday, NECO’s Acting Registrar, Mr. Abubakar Gana, noted that there was an upward trend in candidates’ involvement in examinations malpractice, compared to 2017.
He disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, as the examination body announced the release of the 2018 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination for external candidates.
Gana noted that there was an upsurge in examination malpractice, as a total of 12,084 candidates were caught cheating in the 2018 season, as against the 4,425 in 2017.
According to him, approximately 57,842 candidates wrote the English Language, out of which 44,497, representing 76.93 got either distinction or credit; while 57,275 sat for Mathematics, out of which 47,151 representing 82.32 per cent got either distinction or credit.
He, however, said that candidates showed more desperation to pass subjects such as the English Language, Maths, Biology and Economics, saying it made examination malpractice to be rife in those four subject areas.
“Candidates cheated more in Mathematics, English language, Biology and Economics subject areas because those subjects seem to pose problems for candidates.
“The increase in cases of exam malpractice reflects the desperation by candidates seeking to cut corners and the determination of the council to apprehend culprits in line with its zero tolerance for examination malpractice,” Gana said.