As usual, the National Examination Council (NECO) has recorded another poor outing of candidates in its November/December 2012 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE). Giving details of the results in Minna recently, the Registrar and Chief Executive of the Council, Professor Promise Obioma, said that 71.92 percent of candidateswho registered for Further (Additional) Mathematics in the examination failed the subject.

Similarly, the NECO boss said that 94.13 percent of candidates failed Physics while 21,274 cases of malpractice were recorded across the country during the examinations.

A breakdown of the results shows that out of 2,310 that sat for Further Mathematics in the examination, 352 or 15.23 percent had credit while 208 or nine percent got pass. Even at that, the NECO boss said that the results showed remarkable improvement from what obtained in the last three years. For English Language, out of the 75,632 candidates that sat for the examination, 25,620 or 33.89 percent had credit while 15,268 or 20.18 percent had ordinary pass. Not less than 32,425 candidates or 42.87 percent failed the subject. In the case of Ordinary Mathematics, out of the 75,245 candidates that sat for the examination, 41,228 or 54.79 percent obtained credit while 8,034 or 10.67 percent had pass.

A total of 23,962 or 31.84 percent failed. Out of 35,194 candidates that sat for Chemistry, 10,620 or 30.17 percent had credit; 4,501 or 12.178 percent got ordinary pass, while 18,974 or 53.91 percent failed. Of the35,057 candidates that sat for Physics, 94 or 0.26 percent had credit; 874 or 2.49 percent got pass while 33,000 failed. We bemoan the continuing slide in performance of candidates in SSSCE. This deteriorating standard in education, especially at the secondary school level, is worrisome and deserves some urgent remedial action by all stakeholders in the nation’s education system. It is regrettable that the standard of education in the country has fallen to abysmal level. We have not had it so bad before. Click To read full details

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