66% of candidates failed English in NECO exam
by Enyioha OparaPUNCH
National Examination Council, on Thursday, released the result of the
2012 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination with only
33.89 per cent of the 75,623 candidates that sat for the examination
obtaining credit in English Language.
The NECO Registrar, Prof. Promise Okpala,
who announced this at a press briefing in Minna, however said that 54.8
per cent of the candidates obtained credit passes in mathematics.
Giving a breakdown of the performances of
candidates, the NECO Registrar said a total of 83,755 candidates
registered for the examination but only 75, 623 candidates actually sat
Out of this number, the candidates
recorded 33.89 per cent credit pass in English Language, 54.79 per cent
credit pass in Mathematics, 78.97 per cent in Arabic and 22.84 per cent
credit pass in Biology.
He added that only 6.51 per cent of
candidates who sat for Christian Religious Studies obtained credit
passes; Economics, 33.67 per cent Geography, 1.63 per cent; Literature
in English, 0.73 per cent; Chemistry, 30.17 per cent, while only 0.26
per cent of candidates that sat for Physics made credit pass.
In spite of this unimpressive
performance, Okpala disclosed that the 2012 result was an improvement in
NECO result over the past three years.
According to him, only 4.7 per cent of
the candidates that sat for the same examination in 2010 made credit
pass in English Language, while only 10 per cent made credit pass in
He added that in 2010 only 19.4 per cent
of the candidates made credit pass in Mathematics, while 44.7 per cent
obtained credit pass in 2011.
"So, the November/December 2012 SSCE is
comparatively better and a marked improvement over what we witnessed in
2010 and 2011,” he said.
He also said that the examination agency
recorded few cases of examination malpractice. This, he said, was so
because of the security measures put in place by NECO. These, he added,
include robust logistics strategy for managing examination materials,
the use of men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as
"This ensured that candidates conduct themselves responsibly during the examination,” he said.
Okpala, however, said that Taraba State,
with 18.82 per cent, emerged as the state with the highest number of
candidates with cases of examination malpractices.
Imo came second with 15.56 per cent and
Jigawa, with a total of 956 candidates, recorded 140 cases or 14.6 per
cent to emerge the third state with the highest number of candidates
allegedly involved in malpractice during the examination.
He, however, said Abuja, the Federal
Capital Territory, recorded the lowest number of candidates involved in
examination malpractices with 0.37 per cent.
The FCT was closely followed by Osun and Kwara states.