National Examination Council (NECO), is one of the Nigerian foremost Examining Body, set in preparing and administering Standard and credible nationally and internationally acceptable examinations, which can enable the Nigerian child further his education without hindrance. In a more specific term NECO envisions a status of leadership similar to that of quality and curriculum authority of Britain and Educational Testing Services (ETS) of America.

NECO is committed to ensure that the Examinations conducted are in conformity with the provisions, expectations and yearnings of the National Policy on Education and National Curriculum.

NECO administer SSCE. This is the examination taken by candidates in their last stage of Secondary School Education. The SSCE is in two categories. One is for candidates in the third and final year of their Senior Secondary Education and it is called SSCE internal while the second is SSCE external and is for candidates not in school system i.e. private candidates.

The SSCE internal has seventy-six subjects which are grouped into six categories:

  1. Compulsory cross-cutting subjects
  2. Science and mathematics
  3. Technology
  4. Humanities
  5. Business studies
  6. Trade/entrepreneurship

The minimum number of subjects candidates can sit for is eight while the maximum is nine.