Identity theft constitutes 50 percent of examination fraud – NECO

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja


More than 50% of issues of examination malpractices will be addressed in Nigeria if the problems of identity theft can be solved.

The Acting Registrar of the National Examination Council NECO, Mr Abubakar Gana said this in Keffi ,Nasarawa State,during a one day capacity building workshop organised by the council for Education Correspondents.

Mr Gana also said Nigerians must rise to fight examination malpractices before it destroys the country’s education system.

The Acting Registrar who was represented  by the Director Examination Administration of the Council , Mustapha Abdul ,delivered at the workshop, a paper on Emerging technologies & globalization of social menace called examination malpractices, National Examinations Council NECO approach.

The NECO Acting Registrar pointed that majority of malpractices originates at the point of registration and that the council introduced offline registration to address some of these challenges.

According to him, “If you want to destroy a country, first destroy it’s education system but for a country to be great , education must be right ,it remains a veritable tool that develops human capital all over the world”

He stressed that as innovations and technology develops systems in the world , malpractices intellects also develop in other parts of the world.

Neco is not unmindful of developments in other parts of the world “

Mustapha explained that exams are postponed oftentimes to check internal mechanism.

He made known that NECO though have plans for CBT but there is limit to extent Computer Based Test CBT, can used

Speaking on reforms NECO introduced to curb exam malpractices, Mustapha said key reforms we’re carried out to address what he called Hydra -headed monster.

NECO built a new website and as well abolished the use of cards for all Council’s transactions”

“We also built on and offline registration processes”

The one day capacity building workshop was organised by the National Examination Council and was with the theme: Examination Reporting in a digital Age.

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