BY TEMI OHAKWE, ABUJA – Following the #ENDSARS protests that prevented 233,000 candidates from sitting for its examination in some states, the management of the National Examination Council (NECO) has given the assurance to accommodate such candidates in its external examination slated for February 1, to March 3, 2021.

The Registrar of NECO, Prof Godswill Obioma gave the lists of states affected by the protest to include Abia, Enugu, Edo, River, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Lagos, Oyo, Kano, FCT and Ogun.

Obioma, who stated these while announcing the release of the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) internal results, said the results of the affected candidates will be pending until supplementary exams are conducted for the papers missed.

He further said; “We wish to inform the general public that the Council has made specific arrangements for those candidates who missed some papers due to the #EndSARS Protest in those states, the affected candidates will now sit for those papers missed during the forthcoming 2020 SSCE (external) scheduled from Monday 1st February, 2021 to Wednesday 3rd March 2021.

“These special arrangements will be at no extra cost to these candidates. Upon release of the 2020 SSCE internal results, those of the affected candidates will be pending for those papers missed and would be subsequently updated after the supplementary examination results are released,” he said.

A comparative analysis of the results released by the Council for two years showed that a total of 829,787 candidates, representing 71.59% scored a total of five credits inclusive of English and Mathematics in 2019 as against 2020 where 894,101 candidates, representing 73.89% scored five credits inclusive of Mathematics and English.

Giving a further breakdown of the results, the Registrar of NECO, said a total of 1,221,447,665,830 males and 555,617 female candidates, registered for the examination nationwide, adding that candidates that actually sat for the examination were 1,209,992,659,796 males representing 54.53% and 550,126 females representing 45.46% candidates respectively.

Prof. Obioma explained that 894,101 candidates, representing 73.89% scored five credits and above in both English and Mathematics.

Also, 973,331 candidates, representing 82.68 percent made credit and above in English language alone just as the results further revealed that the number of candidates who made five credits and above irrespective of English language and Mathematics were 1,112,041, representing 91.91%.

This according to Prof. Obioma represents an increase of 2.01 percent when compared to the 2019 June/July SSCE.

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