Confusion over missed NECO exams, candidates’ fate unknown

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The National Examination Council has said it didn’t know that understudies of certain schools couldn’t sit for not many subjects because of the #EndSARS protests.

It added that the influenced schools in Lagos and other state didn’t tell the committee of such turn of events.

Notwithstanding, the NECO, Lagos office said there would be declaration regarding the matters.

The PUNCH assembled that during the #EndSARS protests, subjects including Economics, Commerce and Chemistry commonsense were not taken in the influenced schools.

For example, the principal of Abifab College, Ikorodu, Lagos State, Abidemi Faboye, stated, “The days we should have Economics, Chemistry down to earth and Commerce were between October 20 and 22 when the fights were continuous. Afterward, NECO deferred the test.

“When the new time table was released, Economics, Commerce and Chemistry practical were not on the list. We learnt that Economics exam was conducted in Ogun State.

“The exam will soon end. NECO office, Lagos, promised that the new dates for the three subjects would be communicated to us, but nobody has heard anything. I think some schools in about four states – Lagos, Edo, Bayelsa and Rivers – were affected.”

Similarly, Head of Schools, Dobar Schools, Ikorodu, Mr Durodola Ajani, said, “The dates for the subjects were not on the new timetable. The students have not taken Chemistry practical, Commerce and Economic.”

Another school owner, who pleaded not to be named, said students, parents and school owners were worried that no dates had been fixed for the subjects.

But, the Head of Public Relations Division,NECO, Azeez Sani, explained that the body was not aware of the development.

“It is the responsibility of such schools to get in touch with out state offices. They have to lay a formal complaint. There is nothing like that here in the North. There are papers we rescheduled on our own when we realised there was tension all over; and they were captured in the new timetable. The exam ought to have been completed by now but we extended it till November 28,” he said.

However, the Lagos State officer, NECO, Saad Ibrahim, in an interview with The PUNCH, said, “There will soon be announcement on it from the headquarters. There are a lot of things being done to take care of the development. You will get official statement about it soon.”

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