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NECO stops use of scratch cards, announces new system

The National Examination Council (NECO) has stopped the use of scratch cards, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).

Abubakar Saddiq, Chairman of NECO board, made the confirmation in Minna, Niger State this Friday during the commissioning of the equipment and introduction of 20 Toyota Hilux Vans purchased by the agency.

Saddiq disclosed that they have actually obtained 8,000 biometric equipments, for enrollment, registration of candidates throughout the conduct of its exams.

“In the last people have to buy scratch cards in order to register for NECO examination. That is out. No more scratch cards. People (will) register online and they (will) be given a code and they will go ahead to register.

“As they register, their biometrics are captured. Every school is on a particular biometric data capturing machine. Every data is captured on that small machine.

“It is impossible for anybody to impersonate a candidate during our exams because the captured data is on our platform,” he claimed.

Abubakar Gana, who is NECO’s Acting Registrar, claimed that the equipment were acquired to boost operations regarding logistics and also overall security of all NECO exams.

Gana made it clear that despite the use of scratch card by NECO to register more than 51, 000 candidate, it has not been able to curb all form of malpractice relating to the exams.

Gana also revealed that the agency spent N500 million to acquire the biometrics machines and N327,800,000 to acquire the 20 Toyota Hilux.

“Each of the vehicles cost N16, 390,000 while a unit of the biometric capture machine was bought at N62, 500,” he said.

From records, this will be the first time biometrics machines will be used by NECO for its SSCE examiation.

The National Examination Council (NECO) has stopped the use of scratch cards, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).

Abubakar Saddiq, Chairman of NECO board, made the confirmation in Minna, Niger State this Friday during the commissioning of the equipment and introduction of 20 Toyota Hilux Vans purchased by the agency.

Saddiq disclosed that they have actually obtained 8,000 biometric equipments, for enrollment, registration of candidates throughout the conduct of its exams.

“In the last people have to buy scratch cards in order to register for NECO examination. That is out. No more scratch cards. People (will) register online and they (will) be given a code and they will go ahead to register.

“As they register, their biometrics are captured. Every school is on a particular biometric data capturing machine. Every data is captured on that small machine.

“It is impossible for anybody to impersonate a candidate during our exams because the captured data is on our platform,” he claimed.

Abubakar Gana, who is NECO’s Acting Registrar, claimed that the equipment were acquired to boost operations regarding logistics and also overall security of all NECO exams.

Gana made it clear that despite the use of scratch card by NECO to register more than 51, 000 candidate, it has not been able to curb all form of malpractice relating to the exams.

Gana also revealed that the agency spent N500 million to acquire the biometrics machines and N327,800,000 to acquire the 20 Toyota Hilux.

“Each of the vehicles cost N16, 390,000 while a unit of the biometric capture machine was bought at N62, 500,” he said.

From records, this will be the first time biometrics machines will be used by NECO for its SSCE examiation.

Written by Frank Udoh

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