The NECO mandate
By its mandate, NECO was to take over the responsibilities of the National Board for Educational Measurement (NBEM) which was created, in 1992, by the Ibrahim Babangida administration, although its enabling decree was promulgated in 1993. However, the conduct of the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) which had, hitherto, been the exclusive preserve of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) was made an additional responsibility of the new examination outfit. NECO was to take exclusive charge of the conduct of the SSCE for school based candidates while WAEC was to take charge of the same examination for private candidates. NECO was to conduct its maiden SSCE in mid 2000.
One of the last acts of the Abdulsalami Abubakar military administration was the promulgation of a decree, in April 1999, that created the National Examinations Council (NECO).
Mission And Vision
"Do the right thing for NECO's Integrity, Do the right thing for Credible Examinations"
The Mission & Vision
The Mission is to ensure that the examinations conducted by NECO are in conformity with the provisions, expectations and yearnings of the National Policy on Education and the National Curriculum.
To deliver Examinations whose results are trusted worldwide for their credibility.
The Vision is to Prepare and administer standard and credible nationally and internationally acceptable examinations. To become a major player within the global assessment industry.
Conduct of: National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE), Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) Internal and External The above mandate is propelled by the Council's vision and mission statements, core value, slogan and Ethos
The story of NECO and its achievements is a continuously developing one and cannot be completely told in a piece as short as this. However, as has been observed elsewhere, Perhaps, the greatest achievement of NECO is that it has provided gainful employment for over a thousand Nigerians [and given hope to thousands more – candidates who had been able to keep their matriculation dates because of the timely release of their results by NECO].