THE National Examination Council (NECO) says it has blacklisted 18 supervisors who took part in the conduct of 2019 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination for their involvement in examination malpractices.
“A total of 18 supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting, connivance with non-candidates and so on,” said acting Registrar of NECO, Abubakar Gana, while announcing the results at the NECO Headquarters in Minna, Niger State on Tuesday.
Gana disclosed that the number of candidates involved in various forms of malpractices during the conduct of the examination increased with 40,630 cases recorded as against 20,181 cases recorded in 2018.
The reason for the increase in detection of malpractice, he explained was as a result of the use of biometric verification devices during the examination.
The Registrar also said the Council has sanctioned three schools in Kebbi, Oyo and Katsina states over various infractions committed during the examination, though he didn’t mention the names of the schools.
“Arising from the above, three schools one each in Katsina, Kebbi and Oyo states were recommended for de-recognition for two years for their involvement in mass cheating/whole centre cases,” Gana said.
“In line with council’s zero tolerance for any form of examination malpractice, members of staff alleged to have behaved contrary to expectations are to face appropriate disciplinary measures once they fail to satisfactorily defend themselves.”
Speaking on the performance of candidates, the Registrar stated that the number of candidates who made five credits and above in English and Mathematics were 829,787, representing 71.5 per cent.
Gana said 984152 candidates representing 85.50 per cent made credit and above in English while 954,399 candidates made credit and above in Mathematics.
He added that a total of 1,041,986 representing 89.90 per cent made five credits and above irrespective of English and Mathematics, adding that the number increased by 0.5 per cent.
A total of 1, 163,194 candidates registered for the examination while 1,151016 candidates sat for the exercise including 161 visually impaired candidates.
Gana remarked that the June/July NECO exams was a success, noting that when compared to the 2018 exercise, there is an increase of 0.11 per cent in candidates who scored five credits and above.