Students from Ekiti state, governed by Ayodele Fayose beat out the 35 other states to have the best results in the country in the newly released National Examination Council (NECO) results.
The result was announced on Friday by Charles Uwakwe, NECO Registrar.
Ekiti students took top spot followed by Edo state while Abia and Kogi state shared third spot.
“An analysis of the result across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory indicated that Ekiti State topped all others with 96.485 of its candidates that sat for the examination coming out victorious,” The NECO registrar said.
“Edo state was second with 96.31% while Abia and Kogi were joint third,”
A breakdown of the results show that 88.51 per cent of the overall candidates had five credits in English and Mathematics, a one per cent improvement over 2015 results.
In pure numbers, Uwakwe said that 905, 011 out of a total 1, 022, 474 candidates had credits in the exam.
On the flip side, Uwakwe reported that cases of exam malpractices were found in about 194 centers and around 14 schools have found themselves deregistered as a result.
Uwakwe was optimistic about the increase however slight of the success rate of students in the exam, saying the groundwork laid by his predecessor was bearing fruit.
“I want to solicit for support from all our stakeholders. NECO should be seen as a Nigerian baby that requires the care and support of all to enable her attain that first class international status,” Mr. Uwakwe said.
“We are working hard to ensure NECO makes her mark in the global assessment industry.”