71.59% of the over 1,151,026 including blind candidates that sat for the 2019 June/July SSCE National Examination Council (NECO) passed with five credits and above including English and Mathematics.
A breakdown of the result showed that 829,787 candidates representing 71.59% made the mandatory five credits and above including English and Mathematics out of the 1,163,194 candidates that registered for the examination.
NECO Acting Register, Mr Abubakar Gana, who announced the result at the boardroom of the examination body in Minna, Niger state capital on Tuesday, said that cases of examination malpractices double in 2019 compared to that of 2018 as 40,630 candidates were caught as against 20,181 of the previous year.
Gana said that three schools each from Katsina, Kebbi and Oyo States have been sanctioned for decongestion for two years in view of their alleged involvement in mass cheating during the conduct of the examination.
He said that notwithstanding, the number of candidates who made five credits and above irrespective of English language and Mathematics is 1,041,986 representing 89.90% which shows a drop of 0.57% representing an increase level of efficiency.
The NECO boss announced that 18 supervisors have been blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, aiding and abetting, connivance with non-candidates to write answers on blackboard among other issues.
Meanwhile, candidates have been implored to access their result on the approved NECO website www.neco.gov.ng as against a recent social media report by purchasing scratch card.