The Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Examination Council, Prof. Dantani Wushishi, has disclosed that some unnamed states owe the exam body N5.5bn.
Wushishi made this known on Tuesday, during the release of the 2023 Senior School Certificate Examination results which he announced that 61 per cent of the candidates scored five credits, including English and Mathematics.
According to the registrar, the debt was incurred between 2012 and 2023 as a result of the states taking responsibility for the registration of their indigent indigines due for the examination.
He called on the states to expedite action in settling the debt warning that the council will not release the results of the affected candidates of debtor states until such a time that the debts are liquidated.
“It is the money we use for the running of the council, they should please pay up, we will not release the results of candidates from these states,” he said.
Wushishi noted that the poor performance of some states is a call on the states to “ look inwards to review their education sector and look also at all sectors of the education”.
Abia State, he said, topped the 36 states and Abuja on the performance chart followed by Adamawa, Akwa Ibom and Adamawa states.
1,296,985 candidates sat the 2023 SSCE. The male candidates were 616,398 and female candidates were 580,587.