2020 NECO Examinations Suspended (Official Statement)


The National Examinations Council, NECO, has been postponed due to the situation of the country, imposition of curfew in several states,  difficulty to transport the examination materials, safety (of examiners and students) and closure of schools.  

Hopefully, the exams will commence as soon as things return to normalcy and with considerate relaxation of  curfew in all states across the country. It is also the prayer of every Nigerian that peace and unity be restored soon. Most importantly, everyone wishes for a new, better and greater Nigeria.

The council, in a statement on Sunday by Azeez Sani, the Head, Information and Public Relations Division, of the council explicitly stated that  the governing board took the decision based on the current state of the country. The statement was released today, Sunday (25-10-2020). 

He declared that: “The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) at its Special Meeting held on Thursday, 22nd October 2020 reviewed the on-going 2020 SSCE(Internal) nationwide."

“The Council had in a press release, dated 21st October 2020, informed the general public of rescheduling some papers of the 2020 on-going SSCE. Arising from that meeting, the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE(Internal) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges, occasioned by the ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country."

Furthermore, he added that: “In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges: Some state governments imposed a curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property. In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the Council to move examination materials across the country; Students in the affected locations were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table."

“The Governing Board further resolved, that when normalcy returns, the Council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all States. While regretting any inconveniences this postponement may cause our esteemed stakeholders, the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination.”


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