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The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the November/December 2014 results with fantastic improvement over the previous examinations conducted by the body, with 52.94 per cent credit pass in English Language and 55.37 per cent credit pass in Mathematics.
The Registrar and the Chief Executive Officer of the body, Professor Promise Nwackukwu Okpala, while announcing the results at the council’s National Headquarters in Minna, Niger State, on Wednesday, noted that the results were improvement on the previous examinations conducted between 2011 and 2014.
Okpala who had been at loggerheads with some staff fronting for his removal explained that, 63, 445 registered for the examinations, out of whom, 61,386 actually sat for the papers with 30.57 per cent candidates recording five credits and above.
In an analysis of other core subjects, Okpala explained that 53,848 sat for Biology with 26,947 pass credit level representing 50.04 per cent; Chemistry had 28,250 candidates with 14, 8585 pass at credit level, representing 51.62 per cent; 28,222 sat for Physics with 57 pass at credit level, representing 0.20 per cent.
A total of 1,753 sat for Further Mathematics while 395 passed at credit level, representing 22.53 per cent, Agricultural Science had 41,080 candidates with 12,006 pass at credit level, representing 29.22 per cent.
An analysis of the malpractices showed that 620 cases were recorded depicting an increase in NECO examinations, the Registrar explained as he however tasked students to shun all forms of examination malpractices, adding that the council has consistently made attempts to eradicate examinations malpractices.
The Registrar opined that the trend was an indication that efforts by President Goodluck Jonathan and all stakeholders in the education sector to improve the quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools were yielding positive results, calling on all Nigerians to support such laudable efforts and ensure high quality teaching-learning process in schools.
The ultimate aim, he said, was to actualise the educational aspects of the transformation agenda of President Jonathan.
He believed that the role of promoting quality education through the conduct of selection and certification examination was a mission within the core mandate of NECO.
“To this end, we have steadily improved the quality of various stages of the council’s examinations from the pre-examination to the release of results in order to check examinations malpractices which pose serious challenge to quality examination delivery in Nigeria,” he stated.
The Registrar expressed gratitude to members of the press for their partnership and unflinching support and interest in promoting quality education system, in the country.
The post NECO releases Nov/Dec 2014 results appeared first on Daily Independent, Nigerian Newspaper.
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