Registration portal closure not intended to punish-NECO


The National Examination Council (NECO) has assured the public of its commitment to ensuring effective and efficient conduct of all its examinations.

This is following complaints by some schools whose candidates are unable to sit for the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) which commenced on the 24th of Aug 2020.

In a statement by Mr Azeez Sani, Head of Information and Public Relations (NECO), the exam body said adequate opportunity was provided in advance for all schools to register their candidates.

“This was given knowing that schools and/or candidates may have faced difficulties in the course of the registrations.

“Due largely to this and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council extended the duration for registration to 12 midnight of Friday, Aug. 21. 2020.

“The extension was widely publicised through various platforms. The aim was mainly to accommodate late registration.

“It is regrettable that in spite of these measures, some schools failed to complete the registration or enrolment process.

“It is, therefore, instructive to restate that the closure of the Portal on the said date was not punitive or designed to undermine registrants and schools.

“It was, however, to allow the Council to produce and distribute materials to Examination Centres for seamless conduct of the exercise,” he said.

He, therefore, promised that NECO would continue to engage all stakeholders as may be appropriate, within its statutory mandates.



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