The National Examination Council (NECO) has unveiled ”NECO ‘e-Verify” platform to ease the verification of results, and checkmate manipulation and falsification of results conducted by the council.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO, Prof.
“The ‘NECO e-Verify’ is an Online Result Verification solutions that guarantees instant authentication of academic and basic information about prospective candidates for admission and employment into academic institutions and work places respectively,” he explained.
Wushishi said due to the growing need for verification and confirmation of results by institutions both at home and abroad, the council decided that now was the best time to introduce the e-Verify platform.
He explained that from available records, the council has observed that there were requests for verification and confirmation on results from 64 institutions across 37 countries between 2020 and 2022.
Wushishi further said that similar requests were gotten from 72 institutions in Nigeria within same period, adding that this is besides requests from individuals which are numerous.
“Result verification is an important process that helps ensure the accuracy of academic credentials.
“It is an irrefutable fact that academic institutions and employers of labour, among other agencies, rely on verification of results to help them select the best prospective student for admission and employment purposes.
“By verifying the authenticity of candidates’ result, academic institutions, employers will be more confident in that they are admitting and hiring persons who have the required qualification for further studies and specific job schedules.
“Some of the benefits of the ‘NECO e-Veify Portal’ include increase confidence, reduce risk and improve efficiency. This system will bring a great deal of relief to millions of our students, educational institutions and other stakeholders,” Wushishi said.
The Chairperson of the occasion, who is also the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom, Dr Akon Eyakenyi, expressed happiness being part of the history of NECO e-Verify.
According her, beyond making things easier for candidates, it will hopefully generate income that threatened the financial base of NECO.
“NECO and other Examination bodies in Nigeria has done well, but must work towards the full automation of the entire process of examination administration, while our schools and institutions should embrace e-learning.
“This is a world of possibilities; don’t see the obstacles, see the possibilities. The failures of the modern world would be those who are unable to record change early enough and key into it.
“Like what we are doing today, this is key into the change that is global. I am sure that the designers of the App are taking notice of activities of hackers with a view to ensuring that the system is impenetrable to intruders
“The activities of fraudsters who constantly seek to gain unauthorised access are major headache to the modern world,” she stressed.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr David Adejoh, has commended NECO for the initiative of the e-Verify platform.
“This activity seat perfectly well with the tenth pillar of ministrial strategic plan which focus on adopting and using optically the information, technoclog and communication to the advancement of education in Nigeria.
“We have gathered here as prove that NECO in ensuring that its operations align with global best practices with the e-Verify portal.
“It is going to help all stakeholders to access their results and verify from anywhere in the globe. It is faster and easier than the current tedious process,” Adejoh said.
In his goodwill message, the acting Executive Secretary of National University Commission (NUC), Mr Chris Maiyaki, congratulated NECO for unvealing the e-Verify Platform.
“The NUC coordinate the activities of over 264 Universities across the country.
“We are happy to be associated with NECO to ensure that authentic verification of results of candidates who seek admission into universities.
“We urge NECO to ensure that the portal stand the test of time and not be subjected to manipulation by hackers,” Maiyaki charged.
Meanwhile, the IT Expert, Mr Sule Onu, said the Portal has a landing and unlanding pages that has two steps of verification; Bukl and Instant verification.
According to him, an individual will have to register in the system with name, email address, phone number and password, adding that messages will be sent to the email and phone number.
“The process would take the individual to a page that he or she would have to pay to obtain a token.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event attracted officials from Ministry of Education, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the Military, Commission for Colleges of Education, Nigeria Police and National Assembly, among other relevant stakeholders. (NAN)
Nigerian Students Are Facing Excruciating Hardship-Enyinstede
Nigerian Association Of Science Students, Comrade Henry Enyinstede has cried out over the economic crisis in Nigeria, which is affecting the Nigerian students.
Enyinstede, who stated this in a press statement yesterday, said students are also struggling to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport.
He lamented that this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance.
According to him, despite the oil earnings, the Nigerian economy finds it difficult to experience an improved life style rather the economy get tough every seconds of the day and this has placed a terrible scar on the Nigerian Students.
“The High cost of tuition fees across varsities and other tertiary institutions has rendered the Nigerian Students helpless and hopeless because the Students union are bought over like hot pot of porridge by school Management and are dancing to their tones instead of seeking for justice.
“Tuitions are increased annually in some tertiary Institutions and the increment is horrific. Even the price of Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Institutions Post JAMB forms has been increased and this price increment of registration form has and it’s dashing the of hope of Aspiring Nigerian Students.
“The Nigerian Students are enormously hit by the current economic crisis as 90 percent of Students rely solely on parents and family members for source of livelihood and as a result proper spending plan must be adopted and as at that they still find it difficult to feed at least once a day because of the outrageous price of foodstuffs and goods which the sellers blamed on the removal of oil subside.
“Students struggles to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport and this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance,” he said.
He further said Nigeria is one of the World’s resource rich economies but continue to be ravaged by poverty.
UNIZIK, Group Partner on use of Mother Tongue to Promote Science Curriculum
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) and an Igbo sociocultural organisation, the Odinala Cultural Heritage Foundation (OCHIE Igbo), have partnered on the use of mother tongue to promote science curriculum in the region.
Mr Caleb Onwe, the National Publicity Secretary of OCHIE Igbo, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Onwe said UNIZIK, through its Vice Chancellor, Prof.Charles Esimone, had approved March 15 for the unveiling of the OCHIE-Igbo STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Project Committees in partnership with the university.
He said the proposed OCHIE Igbo STEM School (Igbo Silicone Valley) would be sited in UNIZIK and would take off on a virtual note targeting to enroll Igbo children from all parts of the world.
“Over the years, educationists, researchers and curriculum development experts have argued that children perform better when taught in their mother tongue.
“The efficacy of the above claim lies with the inroads and quantum of converts which the missionaries made in Igboland on their arrival.
“Therefore, the target of the OCHIE Igbo STEM Project is to raise a generation of Igbo children that can innovate, conceive, invent and interpret phenomena in Igbo language.
“This way, the educational barriers and challenges associated with the learning sciences in our primary and secondary schools would be a thing of the past,” Onwe said
He said three committees would be inaugurated on March 15 at the university.
“The Coordination Committee is led by Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu, Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Administration, with Okoro Chinedum Benedict as the committee’s Co Chairman.
“The Curriculum Development Committee is led by Prof. Lilian Akudolu of the Faculty of Education.
“Igbo Translation Committee is led by Prof. Thecla Udemmadu of the Department of Igbo,”” he concluded.(NAN)
Osun Govt. to Recruit 5,000 Teachers
The Osun government has approved the recruitment of 5,000 teachers and 250 education officers to fill the existing vacancies in the teaching service in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by Olawale Rasheed, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ademola Adeleke on Wednesday in Osogbo.
He said that the approval for the recruitment of teachers was sequel to the conclusion of the need assessment conducted by the government in 2023.
He said the council directed the Ministry of Education to fast track the process of recruiting qualified and competent hands to enhance teaching and learning.
According to him, the council has also approved the release of N1.3 billion for the immediate rehabilitation of Ora Igbomina water works in Ifedayo Local Government area. (NAN)
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