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NECO Announces Indefinite Postponement Of 2020 SSCE




The ongoing 2020 National Examinations Council (NECO) has been postponed indefinitely.

This was announced on Sunday, October 25, in a statement signed by Azeez Sani, Head, Information and Public Relations Division.

According to Sani, the challenge of moving academic materials from one location to the other had become impossible due to the curfew.


Sani in his statement said that the board’s decision to postpone the exams indefinitely is due to the current security challenges, occasioned by the #EndSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country.

The statement partly reads, “The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council (NECO) at its Special Meeting held on Thursday, 22nd October 2020 reviewed the ongoing 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 ongoing 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.

“In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges:

  • Some state governments imposed curfews 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 the council will continue with the conduct of the examination in all states when normalcy returns. It also noted that this decision was taken in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures.

This is coming barely two days after the examination body put on hold all her 2020 school certificate activities due to the curfew and closure of schools in some parts of the country.

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