NECO, NSCDC to check exam malpractices

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The National Examinations Council NECO has sought for further collaboration with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to check examination malpractice during the conduct of the Council’s Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).

Chairman, Governing Board of NECO, Dr. Abubakar Saddiq who led the Acting Registrar and other management team on a courtesy visit to the Commandant General of NSCDC in Abuja, said such collaboration would go a long way in strengthening the credibility of the Council’s examination.

Dr. Saddiq noted that the Council has enjoyed a long time relationship with NSCDC and wish to further strengthen the relationship.

He explained that the Council has put in place measures aimed at checking examination malpractice and called on personnel of the NSCDC to brace up for new challenges that may emerge during the conduct of SSCE.

According to him: “Among such measures introduced is the biometric capturing of candidates to check impersonation at examination centres.”

The chairman appealed to the personnel of NSCDC to re-double their efforts in their collaboration with the Council to prevent any form of examination malpractice through adequate security in and around examination centres.

The Acting Registrar of the Council, Abubakar Gana explained: “The Council has been enjoying the services of the NSCDC without any hindrance from 2008 to date hence, NECO want the collaboration to be strengthened to ensure security in all its examination centres across the country.”

The Commandant General, Mr. Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, pledged the continued support of his Agency in the provision of adequate security at examination centres to ensure the credibility of NECO results.

Muhammadu who stressed the need for stakeholders to make sacrifice to ensure the realisation of the Council’s noble mandate, added: “The organisation will take NECO assignment as one of its critical mandate.”

He commended NECO for its ability to conduct credible examinations over the year and gave assurance that his personnel will ensure that atmosphere of peace prevails in and around all examination centres across the country.

Omolayo.A