THE National Examinations Council (NECO), has announced the release of the much awaited June/ July 2014 results, with glaring improvement over the last examinations conducted by the examination council, with 72.58 per cent credit pass in English Language and 69.49 per cent credit pass in Mathematics.
Announcing the results at the conference hall of its national headquarters in Minna, on Wednesday, Registrar and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the body, Professor Promise Nwackukwu Okpala, noted that the results were remarkable improvements on the previous examinations conducted between 2012 and 2014.
He pointed out that 989, 622 students registered for the examinations, out of which 978,886 actually sat for the papers.
An analysis of other core subjects revealed that 783,975 sat for Biology, with 531,784 candidates passing at credit level, representing 67.83 per cent; Chemistry had 418,785 candidates with 305,120 passing at credit level, representing 72.86 per cent ; 418,440 sat for Physics, with 290,310 passing at credit level, representing 69.38 per cent.
Also 19,067 sat for Further Mathematics, while 12,827 passed at credit level, representing 67.27 per cent; Agricultural Science had 500,897 candidates, with 347,834 passing at credit level, representing 69.44 per cent .
Other subjects fell in the same category of flamboyant credit passes.
Professor Okpala stated that an analysis of the malpractices showed that only 0.44 per cent of those who sat for the examination were involved , acting as eloquent testimony of the painstaking efforts of the council has consistently made to eradicate examinations malpractices.
The Registrar opined that the trend was an indication that efforts by President Goodluck Jonathan and all stakeholders in the education sector to improve the quality of teaching and learning in secondary schools were yielding positive results, calling on all Nigerians to support such laudable efforts and ensure high quality teaching-learning process in schools.
The ultimate aim, according to him, was to actualise the educational aspects of the transformation agenda of President Jonathan.
He believed that the role of promoting quality education through the conduct of selection and certification examination was a mission within the core mandate of NECO.
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