After rescheduling its examinations on two occasions, the National Examinations Council has finally declared the indefinite postponement of the 2020 Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations due to the current security challenges, occasioned by the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria.
The development was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division of NECO, Azeez Sani, on Sunday.
Sani said the Governing Board of the NECO at its Special Meeting held on Thursday reviewed the ongoing 2020 SSCE (Internal) examination nationwide.
The statement said: “Arising from a Board meeting, the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE (Internal) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges, occasioned by the ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country.”
It should be recalled that the Council had in a press release, dated October 21, 2020, rescheduled some papers of the 2020 ongoing SSCE.
It said in the statement on Sunday: “In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges: Some state governments imposed curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property;
“In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the Council to move examination materials across the country; and
“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.
The Board said it however took the decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination.