NECO Exam Results Gain Recognition from UK Universities

Jack Acheme, Abuja

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The Registrar of the National Examination Council NECO, Professor Dantani Wushishi says exam results emanating from the council are getting international accessibility as the Lead University and the Birmingham City University have written for confirmations as they prepare to admit students from Nigeria.

He stated this during a media interaction in Abuja, Nigeria. He said the development is a demonstration of the level of credibility and acceptance of NECO Results by international institutions.

“They wrote to us asking for authentication of their results. That tells you the level of the credibility and acceptance of NECO Results internationally,” he said

This is just as he said that the council now conducts NECO examinations in Togo and Guinea.

He said the exam body has a robust system to checkmate mate examination Malpractices before and during examinations which has increased its acceptability.

“We ensure that no paper leaks, we undertake physical security screening at examination centers, cross-check information using biometric data before letting candidates seat for exams,” he said

He said the council has not yet migrated to the Computer Base Test, CBT, like the way JAMB operates because of the complexities involved in the NECO exams, stressing that the migration will be gradual.

“For the annual 1.5 million candidates in our SSCE, we examined them in 76 different subjects and more than 150 different papers.

“So if we look at the complexity of these exams, particularly the essays where we have different papers, going to CBT is something that experts need to sit down and look at the nitty-gritty of the exams.

“We have it in our 3 years migration plan and hoping to start from our foreign exam centers, since they have less population,” he said.

He said the Council has printed a backlog of certificates for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) from 2011 to 2022, as well as certificates for the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), both internal and external, from 2018–2021.

“Going forward we aim to begin to print these certificates in three (3) months after examination,” he said.

He said since his assumption of office in 2022, he ensured the provision of an e-library to enhance access to information and data on educational assessment to improve job efficiency in test development, quality assurance, and curbing examination malpractice as well as other infractions associated with public examination.


“We introduced the use of stanine software in determining grade boundaries for BECE, SSCE Internal, and SSCE External examinations, which is an innovation in the history of NECO. This brings to rest the use of manual methods in determining grade boundaries,”
he said.

“The council ensures pre-accreditation of schools before examination and carry out reviews after five years.

“We procured all-in-one computers and generators for the 36 states across Nigeria for efficiency, including the building of three new offices solely from internally Generated Revenue, IGR. We also carried out an upgrade of the bandwidth of the council to 50 mph for speedy processing of data and storage,” he said.
He said that since the inception of NECO, 25 years ago, the council has conducted examinations  for over 34 million candidates in and outside Nigeria, stressing that the council has the largest examination burden in Nigeria as it undertakes five(5) different exams every year, ranging from exams into Unity Colleges, SSCE internal and external, Police command schools among others.

 

Dominica Nwabufo

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