The National Examination Council on Friday released the results of the Senior School Certificate Examination it conducted in and outside the country between June and July this year, with Ekiti State having the best performance with 96.48 per cent, followed by Katsina State with 72.59 per cent.
The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NECO, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, who released the result in Minna, Niger State, said of the 1,022,474 candidates that sat for the examination, 905,011 recorded credit and above in five subjects.
Uwakwe said the results showed a remarkable improvement in the performance of candidates that sat for the examination.
“An analysis of the result across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory FCT indicated that Ekiti State topped all others with 96.485 of its candidates that sat for the examination coming out victorious, while Edo State was second with 96.31 per cent, while Abias and Kogi were joint third,” the Registrar said.
Addressing a news conference in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, the Commissioner for Education, Mr Jide Egunjobi, said that the feat resulted from some radical measures taken by the government.
Besides, Egunjobi said that the introduction of moderate tuition fees in schools for students also played important roll. He recalled that the emergency Education Summit convened by the present administration in the state shortly after inauguration revealed that payment of examination fees by past administrations was part of the indulgences responsible for past failures.
“Those who were paying for free registration in public exams without first inculcating discipline and hard work in the students did more harm than good for them.
“An unserious student whose parents never suffered to pay either school fees or WAEC and NECO money may not see reason in being serious and dedicated to his studies.
“We found that it was the belief of such students that neither they nor their parents will lose anything after all, if they failed those exams since it was the government that would eventually bear the brunch.
“We backed all these up by fortifying the schools with the right type of books, instructional materials and accorded priority attention to teachers’ welfare.
“We also cancelled manual work such as grass cutting during school hours while our inspectorate division was strengthened to fish out lazy and complacent tutors,” he said.
The commissioner said that the current performance would be celebrated “in grand style’’ by the government to serve as impetus to teachers and students, and would be maintained for a long time.
In the result released by the new Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NECO, Prof. Charles Uwake, Ekiti was declared the best performing state with over 96.31 per cent success.
Since the assumption of office of Governor Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State, has been witnessing steady improvement in the education sector, with the State coming from 26 per cent performance in the West African Examination Council examination in 2014, to 36.5 per cent in 2015 and 42 per cent in 2016, coming 11th in 2016 in the federation and second in the South West.