The registrar and chief executive officer of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof Okpala has said that Boko Haram insurgency and the growing insecurity in some parts of the North are capable of affecting the conduct of future NECO examinations in the northern part of the country.
Announcing the release of the General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination results of November/December last year in Minna at the weekend, Okpala emphasised the increasing threat the insurgency posed to the smooth conduct of NECO examinations.
He said, ‘’During the conduct of the examination, the council was faced with challenges associated with insecurity in some parts of the country. The challenges affected the overall time line for the conduct of the examination, marking of the result scripts and the release of the result scripts,’’ he said.
Professor Okpala said that there was a remarkable improvement in candidates’ performances in the core subjects of English and Mathematics compared to the situation in the previous years.
Okpala, who said that there had been improvement in NECO results in the last three years, attributed it to its collaboration with stakeholders and security agents, especially the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps.
He stressed that the council had maintained zero-tolerance for examination malpractice through the adoption of effective quality control measures.
Meanwhile, NECO announced that it would provide alternative venues for students of closed federal unity schools that registered for its exams.
Okpala said that the provision of alternative venues is in line with the council’s pursuit of effective security arrangements to safeguard the lives of candidates and staff.
According to him, the affected students will retain their examination numbers and the names of their schools, saying that the only change is just the venue. (Leadership)