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NECO Releases Date, Guidelines For 2020 Exams

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National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the date and guidelines for the conduct of its 2020 examinations for Senior Secondary School Certificate students in exit classes.

Registrar of NECO, Professor Godswill Obioma announced this at a press briefing at the Council’s Headquarters in Minna, Niger State on Tuesday, August 11.

According to him, the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) examinations will start on September 21 and end on October 15.

He stated;

Other details of the schedule indicate that the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations, for SS3, conducted by NECO will start on October 5 and end on November 18, 2020.

Professor Obioma explained that the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) for JSS 3 students, also conducted by NECO, will start on August 24 and end on September 7.

The registrar noted that the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for Junior Secondary School into the Federal Unity Colleges would hold on October 17.

He added;

In addition, NECO has scheduled the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (re-sit) to take place on Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th November 2020 for the prescribed relevant subjects. The BECE for JSS 3 students will start on August 24 and end on September 7. The National Business and Technical Examination Board examinations will start on September 21 and end on October 15.

The NECO boss stated the body has prepared a manual on guidelines for the preparation of school for the conduct of public examinations in the context of COVID-19 which covers five areas.

The guidelines which include preparing examination centres and schools in compliance with COVID-19 protocols are;

Decontamination of examination centres and schools; maintaining prescribed physical and social distancing protocols by candidates and examination officials.

Others include;

The provision of water and hand washing facilities, sanitizers and face masks by school proprietors, managers, parents and guardians as the case may be; as well as use of water, hand washing facilities, sanitizers and face masks by school proprietors, managers, parents/guardians, examination officials candidates and security officials.

The registrar added that NECO examination officials would be made to sign an oath of allegiance as a requirement to participate in their respective roles and responsibilities.

He explained that the council is also exploring the possibility of installing CCTV cameras in all its examination centres and custodian points.

On the number of candidates expected to write the examination, Professor Obioma said so far, only 169,144 students have registered for SSCE.

He also explained that 104,341 students and 80,110 pupils have so far registered for both BECE and NCEE respectively.

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