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#ENDSARS: NECO postpones exams definitely

The ongoing Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) has been postponed indefinitely by the National Examinations Council (NECO) owing to the crisis in the country over the #EndSARS protests.

This was contained in a statement released by the NECO’s spokesperson, Azeez Sani in Minna, capital of Niger state on Sunday.

The examination body, NECO stated that the decision was reached by the governing board of the council last Thursday after it reviewed the conduct of the on-going 2020 examination nationwide.

“The Council had in a press release, dated 21st October 2020, informed the general public of rescheduling some papers of the 202 0 on-going SSCE,” the statement read.

“Arising from that meeting, today (Sunday) 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.

“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 timetable.

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.”

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