By Wole Mosadomi
Minna — Another mass failure has been recorded in the National Examination Council (NECO) results released in Minna, Niger State, Wednesday.
Registrar/Chief Executive of the Council, Professor Promise Okpala, while releasing the results said 110,724 candidates registered for the 2011 November/December Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) of which 104,187 actually sat for the examinations while 22,680 malpractice cases were recorded nationwide.
A breakdown of the result showed that 110,724 candidates registered for English Language while 104,187 eventually sat for it. 15,669 or 14.15 per cent of them recorded pass while 75,355 or 68.06per cent failed.
In Mathematics, of the 110,590 that registered, 101,792 sat for the paper with 45,547 or 41.19 per cent having credit and above and 10,328 or 9.34 per cent with ordinary pass.
Further breakdown also showed that the results in science core subjects including Chemistry, Biology, Further Mathematics and Agricultural Science are nothing to write home about.
In Physics, 43,504 or 90. 05 per cent failed, 24 candidates or 0.05 per cent had credit and above, 101 or 2.21 per cent failed; Biology, of the 97,595 that sat for the paper, 8,109 or 7.57 per cent had pass while 75,486 or 70.48 per cent failed.
In Chemistry, of the 44,950 that sat for the paper, 2,577 or 5.32 per cent had credit and above, 3,432 or 7.09 per cent had pass while 37,973 or 78.39 per cent failed. In Further Mathematics, of the 3,271 that sat for it, 48 or 1.05 per cent had credit and above, 101 or 2.21 per cent with pass while 3,085 or 67.64 per cent failed.
The statistics further showed that Oyo State which had the highest number of candidates for the examination also topped the list of states with the highest cases of malpractice of 6,579 or 3.29 per cent while Adamawa State had the least of only 36 cases or 1.33 per cent
Okpala said the council would not lower the standard of the marking skills because of the continuous mass failure but instead make it higher.