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NECO declares zero tolerance for exam malpractice

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has expressed its readiness to totally root out incidents of malpractice in all its examinations.

Registrar of NECO, Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi made this known on Monday at a one-day sensitisation workshop on examination malpractice in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

He called for “concerted efforts” to address the problem.

Speaking on the theme of the workshop, “The Role of Education Stakeholders in Tackling Examination Malpractice in Nigeria”, Professor Wushishi said there was the urgent need to curtail the problem to ensure all-round development of the country.

“No doubt, examination malpractice has the tendency to discourage hard work among serious students, lowers educational standards, discredits certificates, and lead to the production of quacks, thereby affecting the manpower needs of the nation,” he said.

“”We must therefore take collective responsibility to rid them of this bad habit of wanting to cut corners.”

The NECO boss also said the Council had rolled out several measures to check the problem of malpractice in the conduct of all its examinations.

He listed the measures to include: Effective conduct of accreditation and re-accreditation exercise in schools, biometric data capturing of candidates to check impersonation of candidates registered for examination, and to help identify “miracle centres”, where examination malpractices are perpetrated.

Others are, use of officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to provide security at examination centres to forestall miscreants, provision of covert operations by officers of the Department of State Service (DSS) to guide against compromising examinations through the internet, daily distribution of examination question papers and other sensitive materials, among others.

In a remark, Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, said his government had also declared zero tolerance for examination malpractice.

Represented by Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Education, Idongesit Etiebet, the governor described exam malpractice as a social plaque and commended NECO for its efforts in rooting out the problem.

Governor Emmanuel complained that many young Nigerians have continued to devise various means of perpetrating fraud during exams, and added that his administration has so far spent over N1 billion on various examinations, under the state free and compulsory education for primary and secondary schools.

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Julian Osamoto and Tony Okerafor