By Felix Khanoba
The National Examination Council (NECO) has appealed to the Federal Government to put in place a policy that will promote discipline and a culture of honesty in schools across the country.
Acting Registrar of NECO, Mr Abubakar Gana, made the call while presenting a brief on the exam body’s achievements and activities between May 2018 and September 2019 to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, in Abuja.
Gana, who also made a case for usage of security personnel during national examination to checkmate incident of exam malpractices, said the organisation recorded over 40,000 cases in its June/July 2019 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).
He said incessant cases of examination malpractice especially impersonation and particularly collusion by supervisors, teachers and school administrators, who ought to be part of the army in fighting the scourge, was a major challenge in the conduct of the exercise.
Although NECO acquired 8,000 biometric verification machines before its conduct of the 2019 SSCE, the Registrar said the exam body requires more biometric verification devices to serve its over 16,000 centres and enable it strengthen its efforts towards eliminating identity theft, which is the severest form of examination malpractice.
Speaking on its achievements, the NECO boss said immediately after his assumption of office, he embarked on critical reforms, which had led to the successful conduct of the 2018 June/July SSCE under compelling circumstances and released the results of the examination within forty days of completion.
He further stated that the Council abolished the use of scratch cards following the scam that surrounded it, which led to loss of hundreds of millions in revenue, adding that it subjected all printed 2018 November/December registration cards to activation only after the money for each card must have been credited to the Council’s TSA.