BECE: schools wasted opportunity to register candidates- NECO
The National Examinations Council, NECO, says it provided adequate opportunity, well in advance, for schools to register candidates for the ongoing Basic Education Certificate Examination, BECE.
The council made the clarification on Tuesday, in a statement by its Head of Information and Public Relations, Mr. Azeez Sani, following complaints by some schools whose candidates are unable to sit for the ongoing BECE which commenced on Monday, August 24, 2020.
NECO said that it extended the duration for BECE registration up to 12:00 midnight of Friday, August 21, 2020, due to difficulties faced by some schools and candidates in the course of registration as well as impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The attention of National Examinations Council (NECO) has been drawn to complaints by some schools whose candidates are unable to sit for the on-going Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) that commenced on Monday, 24th August 2020.
"NECO wishes to state that adequate opportunity was provided well in advance for all schools to register their candidates," it said.
According to the council, the extension was widely publicized through various platforms with the aim of accommodating late registration.
NECO further said it was regrettable that despite measures taken to ensure candidates register for the exercise, some schools failed to complete the registration or enrollment processes.
“It is therefore instructive to restate that the closure of the Portal on the said date was not punitive or designed to undermine registrants and schools. It was however to allow the Council produce and distribute materials to Examination Centers for seamless conduct of the exercise," the council said.
NECO therefore assured the public of its commitment to effective and efficient conduct of all examinations within its statutory mandates, adding that it will continue to engage all stakeholders as may be appropriate.