The National Examinations Council (NECO) on Thursday released the results of the 2017 June/July Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

Ekiti State emerged top in students’ performance with 85 per cent of its students scoring five credits and above including Mathematics and English.

Edo and Bayelsa States came second and third with 84.61 per cent and 84.52 per cent respectively.

NECO disclosed that 276 schools were involved in mass cheating in 34 states while six schools have been derecognized for examination malpractices.

At least 23 supervisors that aided malpractices were also blacklisted.

Kebbi topped the chart in examination malpractice cases with 8,124 candidates involved in such acts while Bauchi and Borno states followed with 5,458 and 3,980 respectively.

Announcing the release of the results in Minna, Niger State, the Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, said 745,053 out of 1,051,472  candidates  (70.85 per cent) got five credits and above including English Language and Mathematics.

Uwakwe said 903,690 candidates got credit and above in English language, 849,335 in General Mathematics, 561,437 in Economics and 599,093 in Biology.

He added that the 2017 result showed 1.11 per cent improvement in candidates’ performance compared to 2016 results.