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National Examination Council (Nigeria)

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National Examinations Council
FormationApril 1999; 25 years ago (1999-04)
Typessce Examination body
Region served
ServicesSSCE, BECE, and NCEE examinations
Ibrahim Dantani
WebsiteOfficial website

The National Examinations Council (also known as NECO) is an examination body in Nigeria that conducts the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and the General Certificate in Education in June/July and November/December respectively.


NECO was created by former Head of State Abdulsalami Abubakar in April 1999.[1] It was the first Federal organization to offer subsidized registration to academic candidates in Nigeria.


NECO was mandated to take over the responsibilities of the National Board of Education Measurement (NBEM). Its maiden examination took place in mid-2000.[1]


When it was headed by Abubakar M. Gana, appointed by the President under section 9(1) of its establishing Act.[2] It has six departments, each headed by a director. Each Department has divisions, composed of units. A team of directors and a registrar are the governing body, which is headed by chair Abubakar Mohammed.[3]

Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (internal and external)[edit]

Nigeria offers six years of basic education, three years of junior secondary education, three years of senior secondary education, and four years of tertiary education. Mathematics and English language are compulsory though Mathematics may not be required for some courses in higher institutions.[citation needed]

Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE)[edit]

Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is the main examination to qualify students for admission into secondary and vocational schools in Ghana and Nigeria. It is written after three years of junior high school education.[citation needed]

National Common Entrance Examination[edit]

The National Common Entrance Examination is administered to pupils in their 6th year of basic education for admission into Federal Unity Colleges. Two examinations are held annually.[4]

On 15 July 2013, it was rumouroed that there were plans made by the federal government of Nigeria to remove the National Examination Council (NECO) From the Nigeria Education System due to low and average passing percentage from candidates across the state in Nigeria. The government swiftly debunked those claims by the then minister of education Mr Nyesom Wike.[5]


  1. ^ a b "National Examinations Council (NECO): Introduction". Neconigeria.org. 30 October 2003. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  2. ^ NECO official website
  3. ^ "FG Constitutes Boards of FMBN, FCDA, NECO, SON, Others, Articles". Thisday Live. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  4. ^ "NECO Administrative Structure". Neconigeria.org. 30 October 2003. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  5. ^ "No plan to scrap NECO, UTME, Minister tells Senate". Vanguard News. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2021.

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