The National Examination Council (NECO) has released the 2012 June/July Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) result with over 50 percent credit and above pass levels in basic subjects as against 22 percent average pass last year.
The council has also de-recognised 13 schools in Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Cross River, Imo, Nasarawa and River states for a period of two years for serious examination malpractices.
The Registrar, Professor Promise Okpala, said the council who announce the release of the result in a news conference yesterday in Minna revealed that 49.3 percent of the 1,087.627 that sat for English Language passed at credit level and above, up from 22 percent last year.
Also, in the result released by Registrar, 5O.4 percent of 1,088,530 that sat for Mathematics obtained??? credit and above, as against 25 percent last year.
The result showed that 554,884 candidates passed English at credit level, contrary to 265,000 candidates last year, while in Mathematics 567,011 passed with credit and above, as against 299,000 last year.
The Registrar said notwithstanding the level of improvement, in line with the Federal Ministry of Education’s zero tolerance to examination malpractice, 13 schools in seven states had been blacklisted for two years.
He said the improvement was a wake-up call for a sustained investment in education and called on all stakeholders in the sector redouble their efforts for a better outcome.
“Let stakeholders not relax. Let us be steadfast as much as possible. We are making progress, but time is not yet ripe for us to relax; it will get better and better,” Okpalla said .