The National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) announced that in the 2022 November/December NBC/NTC examinations, 21,103 out of the 27,782 candidates who sat for the exams scored five credits and above, including Mathematics and English Language, representing 75.96 per cent. The Registrar, Prof Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, made this announcement during the release of the 2022 NABTEB examination results in Benin City.

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Additionally, she stated that 26,561 candidates scored five credits and above with or without English Language and Mathematics, representing 95.61 per cent. She added that the performance was slightly better than the previous year, where 25,915 candidates representing 76.30 per cent obtained five credits and above including English and Mathematics, and 29,923 candidates, representing 88.1 per cent of all candidates that sat for the examinations, obtained five credits and above with or without English Language and Mathematics.

Prof. Isiugo-Abanihe revealed that 123 candidates were involved in examination malpractice, indicating a decrease from the previous year. She noted that the board would continue to make efforts to prevent exam fraud by stepping up training of examination personnel and using technology to detect malpractice.

According to the NABTEB Registrar, a total of 31,656 candidates, consisting of 19,004 males and 12,652 females, registered for the examinations in 1,678 centres.

However, Isiugo-Abanihe expressed concern about the dearth of qualified technical teachers, stressing that those previously teaching various technical subjects were retiring without replacements. She listed the grossly inadequate number of state-owned technical colleges in some states compared to the number of conventional secondary schools, a lack of technical manpower, equipment, and materials for effective practical activities and training, increasing costs of materials and equipment, and inadequate funding for Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) Programmes as some of the challenges slowing down the progress of technical studies in Nigeria.

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