National Examination Council (Nigeria)

The National Examination 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.

National Examinations Council
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FormationApril 1999; 22 years ago (1999-04)
TypeExamination body
Region served
ServicesSSCE, JSCE, and NCEE examinations
Godswill Obioma
WebsiteOfficial website


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]


It is headed by an Ag. Registrar/Chief Executive, 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 Siddique 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.

Junior Secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE)Edit

Junior Secondary Certificate exams are intended for candidates in the 3rd year of their junior secondary education in Federal Unity College and other Federal secondary schools. Private secondary schools also take part in JSCE. In state secondary schools, JSCE examinations are conducted by the state government.

National Common Entrance ExaminationEdit

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, some plans were 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.

Structure of the Examination

The National Common Entrance Examination Questions consist of the following:


Part A – Mathematics and General Science Part B – English and Social Studies

PAPER II Part A – Quantitative and Vocational Aptitude Part B – Verbal Aptitude

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "National Examinations Council (NECO): Introduction". 30 October 2003. Retrieved 14 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ NECO official website
  3. ^ "FG Constitutes Boards of FMBN, FCDA, NECO, SON, Others, Articles". Thisday Live. 1 January 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "NECO Administrative Structure". 30 October 2003. Retrieved 14 May 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)