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Anxiety as students, parents await SSCE results

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The non-release of the June/July 2023 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) has generated anxiety among students and parents.

The SSCE, which was conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO) is required by many of the students to process their admission into higher education.

Investigations revealed that many of the SS3 students wrote the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) did so as awaiting results candidates and require the SSCE results to determine their admission status.

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Another reason for the anxiety is that some of the students wrote the May/June 2023 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and did not get five credits required for admission into the university, polytechnic and college of education.

Daily Sun however gathered that barring any last minutes change of decision; the management of NECO is expected to announce the results this week.

Over 1,205,888 candidates registered for the 2023 SSCE out of this figure, 601,074 candidates were male while 584,814 were female.

The council commenced marking of the 2023 school-based SSCE answer scripts early last month and the exercise ended on September 28th.
The Head of Information and Public Relations of NECO, Mr. Azeez Sani, had earlier stated that the council plans to release the SSCE results by the end of September.

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However, an online report said NECO has postponed the release of 2023 Results to Thursday, 5th October 2023; this is to ensure transparency and error free access to the portal.

“All candidates and stakeholders are advised to stay calm and await the official release of results on the portal.”

Anxious students and parents have continued to wait for NECO to release the SSCE results without further delay.

A parent, Mr. Oyetoro Falade, whose son requires the result for admission, said the family is anxiously waiting for NECO to announce the release of the result.

“My son scored 256 in the 2023 UTME. He didn’t do well in WAEC and our hope is on this NECO result. It is taking them long to release the result.

We are anxiously waiting for the result because his first university would soon start the admission exercise,” Falade stated.

Another parent, Mr. James Okpara, told Daily Sun that his son hopes for admission this year is on NECO SSCE result because his WASSCE result was not released in August.

According to him, the son is worried about the delay in release of the SSCE result and needs it to process admission in Olabisi Onabanjo University, whose post-UTME registration would soon end.

Some of the students told Daily Sun that the delay has created anxiety and the result is their only hope to secure admission this year.

Seventeen-year-old, Lekan Oguntade, said NECO delay is threatening his admission chances because he needs the result to process his admission in a polytechnic.

He said: “My admission depends on the early release of the SSCE result. I didn’t do well in WASSCE as two of my major subjects were withheld.

Why is NECO delaying the release of the result? Many students are worried about the delay.”

Another worried student, Falola Samuel said, ” I don’t know why NECO is delaying the SSCE result.

I learnt they have finished marking since last month. Since this month I have been waiting for the release of the result.

“Most universities have started admissions and many students are anxiously waiting for the SSCE results.

I applied to a university as an awaiting result candidate and with 237 in UTME, I don’t want to miss admission this year.”

A senior staff of NECO assured candidates that the SSCE results would be released soonest as the process to release the 1.2million results have been completed.

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