The National Examinations Council (NECO) has invited the Department of State Services (DSS) to stanby for examination malpractice in the forthcoming NECO examination.
The Chairman of the Governing Board of NECO, Dr. Abubakar Saddique who led the Acting Registrar and other management teams on a visit to the Director-General of DSS in Abuja, said such collaboration would ensure the credibility of the examination.
Dr. Saddique said that the Examination Council has put in place examination malpractice measures, but noted that without an adequate security architecture, such measures would not yield the craved results.
He stated further that among the measures introduced is the biometric capturing of candidates to check impersonation at examination centres.
The chairman, therefore, appealed to the body of DSS to strengthen their collaboration with NECO to prevent any form of malpractice before, during and after the conduct of the examination.
In a statement sent to SamsKoncept, the Acting Registrar/Chief Executive, Mr. Abubakar Mohammed Gana, recounted some reforms introduced by the commission for effective testing of students.
He said the council developed an intractable, robust, secure and user-friendly corporate website, a full-scale biometric capturing of candidates at examination centres, procurement of additional 20 pick-up Hilux Vans for examination logistics and full payment of Duty Tour Allowance to staff among others.
Gana noted that NECO has enjoyed the full support and co-operation of DSS through the provision of covert operations which had helped in reducing incidence of examination malpractice.
He opined that “the world is experiencing rapid changes resulting from rapid development; these changes revolve around two major phenomena of emerging Technology and Globalization”. According to him, while these two phenomena have their advantages, they also come with disadvantages, especially when abused resulting in the scourge of examination malpractice assuming a global dimension.
He also talked concerning the on-going Staff Certificate verification excercise.
Gana appealed to the Director-General to ensure that fraudsters who attempt to compromise NECO examinations are not only arrested and investigated, but prosecuted to serve as a example to others.