NECO partners DSS to check examination malpractice
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The National Examinations Council, NECO, has solicited the partnership of the Department of State Services, DSS, to check examination malpractice in the conduct of NECO exams.
Chairman, Governing Board of NECO, Dr. Abubakar Saddique, in a visit to the Director-General of DSS in Abuja, said such collaboration would ensure the credibility of the Council’s examinations.
A statement by NECO's Head of Information and Public Relations, Mr Azeez Sani, quoted Saddique as stating that the Council has put in place measures aimed at checking examination malpractice, but without adequate security such measures would not yield the desired results.
According to him, among the measures introduced is the biometric capturing of candidates to check impersonation at examination centres.
The chairman therefore appealed to the personnel of DSS to strengthen their collaboration with NECO to prevent any form of malpractice before, during and after the conduct of the Council examination.
Also speaking, the Acting Registrar of NECO, Mr. Abubakar Gana, enumerated some reforms introduced under his leadership in the council to include the development of a secure and user-friendly corporate website, introduction of 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.
“The world is experiencing rapid changes resulting from rapid development, these changes revolve around two major phenomena of emerging Technology and Globalization," he said.
The NECO boss also sought for the collaboration of DSS in building an intractable open and secure filing system for the Council to prevent possible incidence of tempering with staff records, especially in the face of the on-going Staff Certificate verification exercise.
He further 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 deterrent to others.
While responding, the Director-General of DSS, Mr. Yusuf Bichi, pledged the continued support of his Department in ensuring the credibility of NECO examinations.