THE National Examinations Council has blamed management of some schools for candidates who were unable to sit for the on-going 2020 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for Junior Secondary School (JSS3) students.
NECO in a statement signed its Head of Information and Public Relations, Mr Azeez Sani, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, said, adequate opportunity was provided well in advance for all schools to register their candidates for the examinations which commenced on Monday, 24th August, 2020.
He said, “This was given that some schools and/or candidates may have faced difficulties in the course of the registrations.
“Due largely to this and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council extended the duration for registration to 12 midnight of Friday, August 21, 2020.
“The extension was widely publicised through various platforms.
“The aim was largely to accommodate late registration.
“It is regrettable that in spite of these measures, some schools failed to complete the registration or enrollment processes.
“It is therefore instructive to restate that the closure of the Portal on the said date was not punitive or designed to undermine registrants and schools.
“It was, however, to allow the Council produce and distribute materials to Examination Centres for seamless conduct of the exercise.”