The National Examinations Council (NECO) has recorded yet more failures in last year’s November/December Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE), external.

More failures and malpractices are recorded in Igbo Lanuage, one of the nation’s major indigenous languages.

A total of 18, 019 candidates registered for Igbo language, but only 12, 958 actually sat for the subject.

Out of the number, 3, 002 passed, 8, 745 failed, 5, 061 were absent, while 1, 211 results were cancelled due to malpractices.

NECO Registrar/Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Promise Okpala, who announced the results at its headquartrs, described the results as not encouraging.

He further explained that; said the number of candidates that failed Igbo subject represents 48. 532 per cnet failure while, 28.08 per cent of the total number of candidates that registered were absent during the examination.

A total of 256, 840 candidates registered for the 25 subjects offered by NECO, only 256, 827 candidates actually sat for the examination, with a total of 51, 781 candidates obtaining credit pass in English.

This represents just 20.161 per cent while mathematics recorded an improved credit passes of 87, 508 candidates or, 34.1 per cent.

According to Okpala, out of the 492 candidates that sat for French, none obtained credit pass; History also recorded a dismal performance as only 33 candidates out of the 7, 015 obtained credit pass, which translates to 0.2 per cent.

Physics recorded only 398 successful candidates out of the 99, 621 that entered for the subject, which is 0.3 per cent.

Similarly, mass failure was recorded in Literature in English, Physical Education, Geography, Government and Christian Religious Studies, which recorded between 1.0 per cent to 1.9 per cent credit passes.

Okpala however said the best results so far in the 2010 Nov/Dec. SSCE was recorded in Arabic, which had 1, 143 candidates, out of which 775 that sat for the examination obtained credit passes with only 324 failing.

This was also closely followed by Financial Accounting, which also recorded an improved performance by the students as out of the 42, 984 that sat for the subject, 19, 578 scaled through the subject with credit passes, the Registrar explained.

Meanwhile, Rivers state has emerged tops in statistics of candidates involved in examination malpractices.

Enugu and Imo states closely followed with 19.5 per cent to 14.6 per cent in malpractices respectively.

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