- A complete change has been made in the NECO examination timetable
- Moreover, the date for the national common entrance exam has been changed
- The council said the date was shifted forward to allow for more registration of candidates
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The National Examinations Council (NECO) on Wednesday, May 19, fixed a new date for its national common entrance examination.
In a statement on Wednesday, NECO's head of information and public relations division, Azeez Sani, disclosed that the new date for the exam will be on Saturday, June 5, Channels TV and Guardian report.
Sani explained that the change of date is intended to give states with low registration of candidates the opportunity to register them for the examination.
He, therefore, urged all the candidates, parents, guardians, and relevant stakeholders to take note of the new date.
Furthermore, Sani hinted that the registration exercise will continue till the new date of the examination and that the new timetable is available on council’s website: www.neco.gov.ng.
Meanwhile, NECO had released the results of external candidates who sat for its 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
NECO's registrar, Prof Godswill Obioma, made the announcement at the council headquarters in Minna, Niger state on Thursday, May 6.
According to Obioma, 41,459 candidates registered out of which 39,503 actually sat for the examination.
He explained that a total of 26,277 candidates obtained five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics while 34,014 candidates also obtained five credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics.
The registrar reiterated the council’s zero-tolerance for examination malpractice.
He said the appropriate standards and excellence were maintained right from the planning stage to the release of results, The Punch reported.
The official added that 6,465 cases of examination malpractice were recorded in the 2020 SSCE as against 17,004 cases in 2019.
He noted that the reduction in the level of malpractice was a result of deepened monitoring of the examination by members of the governing board, management, and senior staff of the council.