Ekiti State has come out tops in the list of high-performing states of the recently released NECO exams with 96.48 percent followed by Kogi and Edo with 96.31 percent each, while Abia has 96.30 percent.
Out of 1,022,474 candidates who sat for the National Examinations Council, (NECO)’s Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), this year, 43,905 were involved in malpractices. The number of schools involved in the “mass cheating” was put at 194, while those derecognized for examination malpractice was put at 14.
NECO’s Registrar/Chief Executive, Professor Charles B. U. Uwakwe in an address during the release of the result yesterday in Minna described the number of schools involved in the cheating as “worrisome.”
The analysis of examination malpractice this year shows 297, higher than that of 2015 although the number of candidates who sat for 2016 was more.
The state- by- state analysis of the malpractices shows that Sokoto top the list with 3,939, representing 8.97 percent, followed by Zamfara’s 3, 754 representing 8.55 percent, while Bauchi was third with 3,5888 representing 8.17 percent.
The malpractices include using of foreign materials and electronic communication gadgets during the examinations; collusion; impersonation; leakage and double scripts among others.
The analysis also shows that while 1, 861 candidates were absent during the examinations, their answer scripts turned out at the Council during markings, while the number of individuals impersonating candidates was put at 3,024.
On the whole, the general performance of candidates was impressive with 905,011 representing 88.51 percent having 5 credits and above as against 848,465 representing 87.51 last year.
Also, the number of candidates with credit and above in English Language was put at 857,699 representing 84.54 percent, while those who scaled Mathematics was 812,846 representing 80.16 percent.