The 2023 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) has been made public by the National Examinations Council (NECO), 58 days after the final paper was submitted on August 11.
The 2023 SSCE was the best in recent memory, according to NECO Registrar Prof. Dantani Ibrahim Wushishi, who was speaking at a press conference to announce the results in Minna, Niger State.
According to the NECO boss, who provided a breakdown of the candidates’ performance, 737,308 candidates, or 61.6% of the total applicant pool, received five or more credits, including English and mathematics.
A total of 1,196,985 people, including 616,398 men and 580,587 women, took the exam, according to Wushishi, and 1,013,611 of them received five or more credits, regardless of their proficiency in English or mathematics. This represents an 84.6% pass rate.
The 2023 SSCE internal was held from Monday, July 10, to Friday, August 11, while the marking period ran from Wednesday, August 30, to Friday, September 15, 2023.
He asserts that the management wanted to make sure that the full results were disclosed, so the 2023 SSCE results were released 58 days after the last written paper.
He stated that out of the 1,542 candidates who took the exam, 913 had hearing impairment and 162 had visual impairment.
Other candidates have 103 cases of albinism, 61 cases of autism, 149 cases of low vision, and 154 cases of adermatoglyphia, among others.
The number of candidates engaged in various forms of malpractice in 2023 is 12,030, or 0.07 percent, compared to 13,594 or 0.13 percent in 2022, according to Wushishi.
“It gladdens my heart to notify you that reports we have received so far indicate that the 2023 SSCE Internal has been certified the best in recent times. We are very thankful to God for this and to all those that made it possible.
“Number of candidates registered for the examination is 1,205,888, representing 621,084 males and 584,804 Females.
“Number of candidates that sat is 1,196,985, representing 616,398 Males and 580,587 females. Number of candidates with five Credits and above, including English and Mathematics is 737,308, representing 61.60%.
“Number of candidates with five Credits and above, irrespective of English and Mathematics is 1,013,611, representing 84.68%.
“Number of candidates with special needs is 1,542, with the breakdown as follows: 913 candidates with hearing impairment 162 candidates with visual impairment 103 candidates with Albinism, 61 candidates with Autism, 149 candidates with low vision 154 candidates with Adermatoglyphia, i.e. candidates with no fingerprints
“Number of candidates involved in various forms of malpractice in 2023 is 12,030 (0.07%) as against 13,594 (0.13%) in 2022 representing 61.60%,” he said.
Wushishi also mentioned that 93 schools that were discovered to have engaged in widespread cheating will be invited to the Council for discussion and will then face the proper sanctions.
“Similarly, fifty two (52) Supervisors were recommended for blacklisting due to poor Supervision, Aiding and Abetting during the examination,” he said.
Additionally, he stated that with 85.53 percent, Abia State had the most candidates with five credits or more, including English and Mathematics. Adamawa State came in second with 51.5 percent, and Kebbi State came in last with a performance of 0.310 percent.