BY TEMI OHAKWE, ABUJA – Following the continued activities of the #ENDSARS protests, the National Examination Council (NECO) has put on hold the conduct of its Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
Towards this end, NECO has directed its Examiners and invigilators nationwide to return to their various offices and await further instructions.
The Examination body also said that the decision to put on hold the conduct of the examination followed the declaration of 24-hour curfew by some State governors especially those of Edo, Lagos, Imo, Ekiti, Plateau and Ogun where the #ENDSARS protests had been infiltrated by hoodlums and turned into destructive dimensions.
NECO had conducted the Economics paper test on Tuesday while the Physics practical paper took place on Wednesday without some candidates in some states writing the tests because of the protest and curfew.
A message from the NECO’s Director of Examination Administration to all its field officers confirmed the pause in the examination exercise.
According to NECO, “The Management and Governing Board of the National Examinations Council NECO is compelled by circumstances occasioned by the EndSARS protests, which led to imposition of curfews in some states, thereby making it difficult for the council to move sensitive materials across the country, to put on hold papers for Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October 2020″
“The papers will be written between 17th and 19th November after computer practical paper on the 16th. Examinations will continue on the 27th of October 2020.