The National Examination Council (NECO) is an examination body in Nigeria that
was created in April 1999 by one
of the last acts of the Abdulsalami
Abubakar military administration. NECO conducts the Senior
Secondary Certificate Examination
and the General Certificate in
Education in June/July and
December/January respectively. It became the first Federal
organization to offer subsidized
registration to academic
candidates in Nigeria. NECO was mandated to take over
the responsibilities of the National
Board of Education Measurement
(NBEM) which was created, in
1992, by the Ibrahim Babangida
administration. When NECO was to take
exclusive charge of the conduct of
the Senior School Certificate
Examinations (SSCE) for school
based candidates, the West
African Examinations Council (WAEC) was to take charge of the
same examination for private
candidates. By January 2000, NECO offices
had been established in every
State and FCT. NBEM operated
with six zonal offices located in
Bauchi, Ibadan, Katsina, Makurdi,
Owerri and Ilorin. NECO created other zonal offices in Akure,
Asaba, Damaturu, Enugu, Lagos,
Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Uyo, Yola
and Kano. One of the greatest achievement
of NECO is that it has provided
gainful employment for over a
thousand Nigerians and given
hope to thousands more –
candidates who had been able to keep their matriculation dates
because of the timely release of
their results by NECO. NECO is headed by a Registrar,
Promise Okpala, appointed by
President Goodluck Jonathan. It
has six departments, each headed
by a director. Each Department
has divisions, composed of units. A team of directors and a registrar
are the governing body, which is
headed by Chairman Dr. Paddy
Njoku. Senior Secondary Certificate
Examination (internal and
external): Nigeria offers six years of basic education, three years of
junior secondary education, three
years of senior secondary
education, and four years of
tertiary education. Mathematics
and English language are compulsory. Junior Secondary Certificate
Examination (JSCE) – intended for candidates in the 3rd year of
their junior secondary education in
Federal Unity College and other
Federal secondary schools.
Private secondary schools also
take part in JSCE. In state secondary schools, JSCE
examinations are conducted by the
state government. National Common Entrance
Examination (NCEE) is administered to pupils in their 6th
year of basic education for
admission into Federal Unity
Colleges. Two examinations are
held annually. On 15 July 2013, some plans
where made by the federal
government of Nigeria to remove
the National Examination Council
(NECO) from the Nigeria
Education System due to low and average passing percentage from
candidates across the state in
Nigeria. NECO’s official website is http://


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