It was reported that IDPs call for repeat of 2018 SSCE Examination due to Plateau Killings. As a result of the recent killings in Plateau State, a major number of candidates of the National Examination Council (NECO), who could not write some papers pleaded with the council to re-conduct the examinations. The candidates, who are taking refuge in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in the state, on Thursday, lamented to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the attacks brought the NECO Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) and the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) to a halt.
The recent attack affected more than 11 communities including Jos South, Riyom, Bokkos and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas (LGAs). A BECE candidate identified as Ezra Danjuma said he missed three papers because his school, Government Secondary School, Exland in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area was among the schools shut down because of the killings.
“I registered for 10 subjects but could not write three papers because we had to run away from our community to save our lives when the Fulani herdsmen attacked us. My father was killed in the process”, he said. Also, these affected candidates in Barkin Ladi LGA, who were said to have missed some subjects such as: literature, geography, agric science, computer science, animal husbandry, additional mathematics and data processing and marketing examinations because of the crisis.
The Plateau Commissioner for Secondary Education, Mr Jude Dakur, speaking on behalf of the students said that a formal complaint was made to NECO on the issue and the council had directed them to gather the list of the candidates and the subjects they missed for possible consideration. He said 13 public schools in Barkin Ladi local government were closed down, while statistics in the other affected areas were still being collated.
“At the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) IDP camp in Heipang, Barkin Ladi, 11 SSCE candidates did not write all the papers they registered for and pleaded with the examination body to re-conduct the papers. He added that “Bayat Yohana, a 16-year-old candidate said many of his classmates have lost a parent or both in the attacks and did not have the resources to re-register for the exams next year.”