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NECO calls DSS for help to fight exam malpractices ..


The National Examination Council (NECO) has reached out to the Department of State Services (DSS) for support in tackling cases of impersonation and malpractices ahead of its 2020 exams.

Abubakar Saddique, chairman of NECO’s governing board, disclosed this when he led Abubakar Gana, acting registrar of the council, and the management team on a visit to the office of Yusuf Bichi, director-general of the DSS, in Abuja.


According to Saddique, the initiative was among several other measures introduced by the council to checkmate cases of malpractices before, during and after its exams.

The chairman of NECO’S governing board explained that the several initiatives trawled by the exam body to tackle malpractices had minimal success because of lack of adequate security architecture in place.


“Our council has put in place measures aimed at checking examination malpractice. Despite this, without adequate security architecture, such measures will not yield the desired results,” he said.

“Among the measures we introduced is the biometric capturing of candidates to check impersonation at examination centres.


“We, therefore, appeal 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.”

On his part, Gana said that aside the biometric capturing, the council has procured additional 20 pick-up Hilux vans for examination logistics.


He said NECO’s partnership with the DSS would enable the exam body grapple with the challenges arising from globalisation and use of technology to prevent abuse.

“The world is experiencing rapid changes resulting from rapid development, these changes revolve around two major phenomena of emerging technology and globalisation,” he said.

“While these two phenomena have their advantages, they also come with disadvantages, especially when abused, which result in the scourge of examination malpractice, which has assumed a global dimension.”

In his reaction, Bichi reiterated the DSS’ commitment to upholding transparency and credibility in exams conducted by NECO.


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Just in – Uniabuja expels 111 students who engaged in exam malpractice.

…handover any university property in their possession

The Senate of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), has expelled 100 students of the university who were found to be involved in examination misconduct and other offences.

Those expelled comprised 72 undergraduate and 28 postgraduate students. Five undergraduate students were also rusticated for one academic session. Three were rusticated for one semester, while three had no case. Three postgraduate students were also rusticated for one academic session

Spokesmen for the university, Habib Yakoob, in a statement, said that Senate of the institution took the decision at its 174th regular meeting held in Abuja.

He said the Senate considered the report and recommendations of the central examination misconduct committee, and after due diligence and approved the expulsion/rustication of the students.

He said that among the undergraduate students expelled, 27 were in 400 level, 19 in 300 level, 16 in 200 level, two students in 100 level, while five others were in their 5th, 6th, and 7th sessions.

The breakdown also shows that 47 of the expelled students were from Faculty of Science, 23 from Faculty of Management Sciences, 20 from Faculty of Social Sciences, while 10 others cut across various faculties.

The affected students have been asked to handover any university property in their possession, including identity cards, to their heads of department or unit and immediately vacate the campus.

The institution reiterated that it was determined to ensure academic discipline among its staff and students, and that those who violate the rules and regulations of the institution would be appropriately disciplined.

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Jamb set to deploy drone cameras to 700 exam centres

…to track examination malpractices.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), has announced plans to deploy drone cameras to 700 identified examination centres to track down irregular activities during exams including malpractices.

The Board’s Registra, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made this known during the second day of meeting with Computer Based Test (CBT) centres operators with the States coordinators of the Board, financial institutions and internet service providers in Zaria, Kaduna State on Thursday, December 19.

He was addressing CBT centres operators about their investments with the board when he revealed there are on going plans to deploy drone cameras to all the identified 700 examination centres.

According to him: “You have nothing to fear and you should know that, if you put your investments together, it can’t be up to N20bn and we have accrued N20bn in three years as an agency.

“As Agency of government, we have to ensure that small and medium scale businesses strive and if you multiply 11 staff by 700, you will know better. We are also adding value to the economy and job creation out of your employment market and we will continue to support you once you are doing your work well.”

To check registration and examination scandals, the Registrar directed that “all CCTV must be wired, all camera must cover verification areas, coding areas, walk ways, examination hall, server room and entrance and exit in all centres. We will also use drones to monitor the centres.”

In the area of prosecution of those caught in the past he said, “100 candidates caught red-handed are under prosecution – 20 jailed and 80 others are under investigation.

“Last year was for the prosecution of candidates. By the grace of God, it is the turn of CBT centres to be prosecuted. If you do work well, it will reduce the cost of running from one court to the other.”

It was announced that the board have generated N20 billion from University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) between 2016 to 2019.

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