The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2022 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) conducted nationwide in July.

NECO Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Dantali Wushishi, while addressing newsmen in Minna, Niger State capital, on Thursday, said 1,209,703, candidates sat for the examination, with 60.74 per cent ( 727,864) having five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics.

He said compared to 2021 SSCE figure of 878,925 (71.64%) pass in English and Maths, there is a decrease of 10.9 per cent.

The NECO boss noted that the results were released 45 days after the exams, adding that 1,031 candidates are Special Needs, with 98 albinism, 177 with autism, 574 with hearing impairment, and 107 visually impaired.

Prof Wushishi who noted that the 2022 exercise was adjudged credible by stakeholders, gave the breakdown as 1,198,412 candidates; with 630,180 male representing 52.58 per cent and 568,232 female, representing 47.41 per cent.

“The number of candidates who made five (5) Credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics is 1,011,457 representing 84.40 per cent. When compared to 2021 SSCE (Internal) figures of 1,153,716 (94.04% ) there is a decrease of 9.64 per cent.”

“Number of candidates involved in various forms of malpractice in 2022 is 13,594 representing 0.13 per cent Whereas 20,003 representing 1.63 per cent cases were recorded in 2021,” he said.

Wushishi disclosed that the council has a long-standing tradition for zero tolerance for malpractice and that informed the drop in cases of malpractice in 2022 compared to the figure of 2021.

He announced that four schools were recommended for de-recognition for two years due to their involvement in mass cheating.

“Also, 29 Supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, Insult, Aiding and Abetting, during the examinations,” he said.

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