From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

National Examinations Council (NECO) has released its November/ December Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with 33,576 candidates representing 48.68% scoring credits in both English and Mathematics for 2019, indicating decrease of 13.8% compared to that of last year.

The Acting Registrar, Abubakar Mohammed Gana in a press statement issued Thursday and made available to our correspondent in Minna, said that 70,140 candidates registered for the examination.

He further stated that 50,057 candidates representing 72.57%  scored five credits and above irrespective of English and Mathematics hence has released the results exactly forty nine (49) days after the last paper was written which was conducted from Monday 18th November to Wednesday 18th December 2019.

Gana in the statement explained that there was an increase in 2019 compared to 2018 with 12,084 to 17,004 this year of candidates involved in various forms of malpractices due to the council comprehensive monitoring by the senior staff that also resulted in decline in number of candidates who got five credits and above.

According to him, “number of candidates that sat for English language is 65,207 out of which 41,214 representing 63% got either Distinction or Credit”

“66,398 candidates sat for mathematics, out of which 54, 565 representing 82.18% got either Distinction or credit” he stated.

In his comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above, including English and mathematics for 2018 and 2019 shows 62.48% and 48.68% respectively representing a decrease of 13.8% in 2019.

Recalled that in 2018 November December, 59,963 candidates registered for the examination and were examined in about 28 subject areas.

And total of 37,069 candidates representing 62.48 per cent got five credits and above, including English and Mathematics; while 47,031 candidates, representing 79.27 per cent got five credits and above, irrespective of English and Mathematics.

Breakdown of the performance of candidates, in 2018 revealed that 57,842 sat for 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.this according to him, indicate a sharp decrease of 13.8% in 2919.



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