At least, 29 supervisors including four schools were blacklisted for various offences bordering on examinations malpractices as the National Examination Council (NECO) released the results of its 2022 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) written in July.
Professor Dantani Wushishi, the Registrar of the council on Thursday while briefing journalists in Minna, the capital of Niger State, noted that the supervisors were guilty of “poor supervision, Insult, aiding and abetting, during the examinations.”
He hinted that four schools would be de-recognised for two years as recommended. According to him, they were accused of “mass cheating.” However, the council did not mention the affected supervisors and the schools.
Wushishi revealed that the examination was written by 1,209,703 candidates comprising 630,180 (52.58%) males and 568,232 females, representing 47.41%. He added that 727,864 (60.74%) of them succeeded with five credits and above including in English Studies and Mathematics.
In contrast, there was a decrease in the number of candidates that scaled through English and Mathematics compared to last year’s examination. In 2021, not more than 878,925 (71.64%) candidates passed the two subjects. But the statistic reduced by 10.9% in 2022, according to Wushishi.
He further explained that the results were released 45 days after the examination, adding there were 1,031 candidates with special needs — 98 with albinism, 177 with autism, 574 with hearing impairment, and 107 with visual impairment.
His words: “The number of candidates who made five (5) Credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics is 1,011,457 representing 84.40 per cent. When compared to 2021 SSCE (Internal) figures of 1,153,716 (94.04% ) there is a decrease of 9.64 per cent.
“Number of candidates involved in various forms of malpractice in 2022 is 13,594 representing 0.13 per cent Whereas 20,003 representing 1.63 per cent cases were recorded in 2021.”
The don claimed that the council’s zero tolerance for malpractice made it possible for a notable decrease in such practices in 2022 compared to the previous year.
Wushishi took over the helm of affairs in the council two months after his predecessor Professor Godswill Obioma died in service in May 2021. He was appointed as the Registrar of NECO on July 16, 2021.