The National Examinations Council (NECO) announced Friday that more candidates cheated in the external November/December 2018 examination for Senior School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) with 12, 084 apprehended for malpractices. The figure was 4,425 in 2017.
Acting Registrar of the council, Mr Abubakar Gana, gave the figure in a statement, explaining that candidates cheated more in Mathematics, English language, Biology and Economics.
Gana described the trend as a reflection of the desperation by candidates seeking to cut corners and the determination of the council to apprehend culprits in line with its zero tolerance for examination malpractice.
He, however said, pass rate for candidates raised to 62.48 per cent with at least five subjects including English Language and Mathematics. It was an improvement of 2017’s performance which stood at 56.79 percent.
A total of 59,963 candidates registered for the examination and were examined in 28 subjects.