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Examination error: NECO acquires biometric verification machines : Nigerian Education

To meet the challenge of audit error, the National Examinations Council (NECO) has acquired 8,000 biometric verification devices.

NECO Chancellor Abubakar Gana announced on Monday, October 7, in a briefing with the Minister of Education in Abuja on the NECO's performance between May 2018 and September 2019 that the Examination Office needed biometric verification equipment in its 16,000 centers to intensify its efforts to eliminate identity theft while conducting the test.

The registrar stated that identity theft has become a common form of audit error.

He found that cases of audit errors, particularly impersonation during the audit, continued to be a major challenge.

Gana called on the minister to formulate a deliberate policy aimed at promoting discipline and a culture of honesty among teachers, school administrators and students.

The registrar stated that the Council had carried out the Federal Government's downward revision of the NECO examination fees to N2, 500.00, N4, 000.00 and N9, 850.00.

"The implementation was done this year in the registration of all NECO exams," he said.

He added that NECO successfully developed the SSCE registration software for November / December 2019 and integrated it on its new website.

Gana announced that regular enrollment for the exam began on August 19, 2019 and is scheduled to end on October 28, 2019 at midnight.

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