Just In: NECO stops the use of scratch cards, adopts new system
The National Examinations Council (NECO), has stopped the use of scratch cards, in the conduct of the Senior School Certificate Examination
This was disclosed by the boards chairman, Abubakar Saddiq, while commissioning newly bought 20 Toyota hiluxes, and other equipments in Niger state.
Saddiq noted that the board had acquired 8,000 biometric machine, for registration of candidates during the examination conduct.
In his words “In the last people have to buy scratch cards in order to register for NECO examination. That is out, people will register online and they will be given a code, and they will go ahead to register.
“As they register, their biometric will be captured. Every school is on a particular biometrics data capturing machine. Every data is captured on that small machine.
“It is impossible for anybody to impersonate a candidate during our exam, because the captured data is on our platform”.
The Acting chairman of NECO, Abubakar Ganiu said that the purchased equipments are to enhance logistics and the safety of its examinations.
Hana said that the board had been making use of scratch cards to register over 51,000 candidates yearly for each of its exams and this has not helped in curbing malpratices.
He noted that the 20 hiluxes cost 328 million naira and the 8,000 biometrics machine cost 500 million naira. That is each of the vehicles cost 16.3 million naira and each biometrics machine cost 62,500 naira.
This is recorded as the first time NECO would use biometrics data capturing machine for it’s examination.
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