By Gbenga Abulude (Politics and General Desk)
The National Examination Council (NECO) has postponed the ongoing Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) indefinitely in view of the current security challenges and curfews imposed by the states.
The decision was announced by the NECO governing Board at a special meeting held last week after it reviewed the conduct of the ongoing 2020 examination nationwide.
Recall that the examination body had issued a statement on October 21, informing the general public of postponing some papers of the ongoing SSCE because of its inability to deliver examination materials to some states as a result of curfew.
Following its meeting last Thursday, the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE be postponed indefinitely in the view of the current security challenges following the ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country.
Mr Azeez Sani, NECO Head of Information and Public Relations Division confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.
The statement reads:“In making this decision, the board noted that due to these security challenges:
a. Some state governments imposed curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property;
b. In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the Council to move examination materials across the country;
c. Students in the affected locations were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table.
“The Governing Board further resolved, that when normalcy returns, the Council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all States.
“While regretting any inconveniences this postponement may cause our esteemed stakeholders, the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination”.