By Wole Mosadomi
MINNA – Registrar and Chief Executive of National Examinations Council (NECO), ProfessorÂ Promise Okpala has lamented the poor results of candidates who sat for the last June/July internal examination, especially in the core subjects and, therefore, called on school authorities across the country to brace up in order to raise the standard of education in Nigeria.
Okpala announced that out of the 1,200,765 that registered for the examinations, 1,184,907, which represents 98.7%, actually sat for the examinations. HeÂ also decried the continuous rise in examination malpractice despite the stiff penalties that await those apprehended.
He said out of this, only 126,500 candidates or 10.7% got five credits including English and Mathematics while 289.966 or 24.5% came out with five credits regardless of English and Mathematics.
The Registrar said, â€œat this stage of our National Development when education is a significant component of the 7-point Agenda of the Federal Government, it is obligatory for all Educational Institutions to work towards the attainment of excellence in our educational sector.
Professor Opkala remarked that the Council painstakingly went through the examination papers as usual to arrive at grading of the studentsâ€™ results across the 37 subjects adding that after the thorough exercise, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Rivers State top the list of examination malpractices.
Such malpractices which he said were mostly rampant included the use of electronics gadgets during the examination, impersonation and smuggling of script into the hall for complete dubbing.
In all, about 32,000 of various malpractices were recorded pointing out that the results of those caught are either partially released or the whole papers cancelled outrightly.