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NECO Results: Why 52 percent fail to get Credits in English, Mathematics

Helen Williams

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released its November/December 2019 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with 33,576 candidates, representing 48.68 percent, scoring credits in both English and Mathematics for 2019 in Nigeria.

NECO is one of the main secondary school examination bodies in the country.

ConsumerConnect gathered that Abubakar Mohammed Gana, NECO’s Acting Registrar, made this known in a press statement released Thursday.

According to the Acting Registrar Gana, 70,140 candidates registered for the examination.

He disclosed that 50,057 candidates, representing 72.57 percent of the total, got five credits and above, irrespective of English Language and Mathematics.

In the statement, Gana stressed 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 a decline in the number of candidates who got five credits and above.

“The 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.”

The NECO Acting Registrar also said 62.48 percent of students scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics in 2018.

However, only 48.68 percent could manage the same feat in 2019, representing a decrease of 13.8 percent, he said.

Gana has advised candidates to log on to to access their results.

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