A recent update reveals a commendable advancement in student achievements in the 2023 In-school NBC/NTC examinations. The numbers speak volumes, with an impressive 73.19%, translating to 39,220 candidates, securing five credits and above in pivotal subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.
An Overview of the Examination Period
Conducted across the nation, the examination was in session from Monday, 26th June to Tuesday, 25th July 2023.
The Word from NABTEB’s Top Brass
Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, the esteemed Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), unveiled these results in Benin. The disclosures point towards a significant 92.43% of the participating candidates – numbering 49,529 – achieving five credits and above, regardless of their scores in English Language and Mathematics.
A Comparative Look at Past Results
Drawing a comparison with the prior year, 2022 saw 58,679 candidates, which is 69.73% of the total, garnering five credits and above, inclusive of English Language and Mathematics. In the same vein, 88.35% of the candidates (74,346 in number) managed to attain the said grades irrespective of their performance in the two key subjects.
Furthermore, there’s been a slight dip in the number of registrations. With 54,301 candidates marking their presence in 1,556 centers throughout the country and extending to Cote d’Ivoire, there’s a 38.06% decline when contrasted with the 2022 enrolment numbers, which stood at 87,668.
A Dive into the Subject Categories
Diving deeper, Prof. Isiugo-Abanihe illuminated that the candidate ventured into a variety of fields:
- 16 Engineering Trades
- 7 Construction Trades
- 9 Miscellaneous Trades
- 4 Business Trades
- 17 General Education subjects
From the total that appeared for the certificate examinations, 98.69% (53,587 candidates) were featured in the final tallies. A deeper analysis reveals that 13,699, or 51.93%, got the nod as craftsmen. A drop from the 64.41% of craftsmen certified in the 2022 In-school NBC/NTC examinations.
An Enduring Concern: Examination Malpractices
While the results paint a promising picture, concerns persist. Examination malpractices are a global blight that hasn’t left the NABTEB examinations untouched. Drawing the world’s gaze, these irregularities remain a topic of international discourse in the sphere of assessment.
Mrs. Isiugo-Abanihe expressed her distress over this persisting challenge. She stressed that, despite continuous innovative measures introduced by the Board to curtail these malpractices, they remain a hurdle.
In the 2023 NBC/NTC examinations, 239 candidates (0.45% of the total) found themselves entangled in malpractices. This reflects a slight uptick from 2022, where 300 candidates, or 0.36%, were implicated, showcasing a concerning rise in such irregularities.