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Nigeria Laws Obsolete for Exam Malpractice — NECO

By John Onah, Abuja

The National Examination Council (NECO) has called amendment of Examination malpractice Act noting that the law is obsolete to face the challenges of 21st century.

The council said candidates will continue to engage in education malpractices because they could pay as little as N1500 after a long proceedings as fine and get away with it.

The Acting Registrar of National Examination Council (NECO) Abubakar Gana has said.

The NECO Boss who was represented by the Acting Director, Examination Administration, Mustapha Abdul stated this recently  during a workshop organized for journalists in Keffi Nasarawa State with the theme “Examination Reporting in a Digital Age.”  

He said the council postponed examinations most times to check grey areas and thwart plans by some schools or individuals to cheat in the examination.

 “We must rise to fight examination malpractice because that is a contributory factor to why we have quacks in every profession because when you participate in it in school, you will continue.”

He stated further that the world is experiencing rapid change through technologies and globalization and as a result NECO adopted new ways to tackle malpractice which include the building a new corporate website, abolishment of use of cards and introduction of online and offline registration.

The NECO boss noted that where a candidate is involved in malpractice, the council sanctions him or her or the centre as the case may be, adding that the council cancels the entire results of candidate when scripts are substituted, question papers are taken outside or being assisted by the supervisors.

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