COVID-19 Palliatives: Why NECO Postpone Exams Indefinitely

The National Examination Council (NECO) has disclosed the indefinite postponement of the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations.


The organisation premised the decision on the current insecurity challenges occasioned by the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria and curfew that has been imposed by some states both in the northern and southern parts of the Country.


Azeez Sani who is the Head of the Information and Public Relations Division, NECO, had disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, titled, ‘Indefinite postponement of the 2020 ongoing Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (internal).


It reads partly, “The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council at its special meeting on Thursday October 22 2020 reviewed the on-going 2020 SSCE(Internal) nationwide.


“The council had in a press release, dated October 21 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.


In compiling this decision, the Board noted that due to these insecurity challenges: some state governments has imposed curfew and closed all schools in order to protect the lives and property of residents of the State.


“In the circumstances, it has led to difficulty for the council to move examination materials across the country.


Students in the affected areas who were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table.


The governing board has further resolved that when normalcy returns, the council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all states.