Nigeria: NECO to Tackle Exam Malpractice Through Biometric Data Checks


The National Examination Council (NECO) says it would fight examination malpractice through the use of biometric data capturing machines.

The Head of Information Technology Division of NECO, Mr Tayo Odukoya, who spoke yesterday in Osogbo during an interview with newsmen, said the council was using the biometric data machines on students writing the on-going June/July secondary school examination.

He said the pilot test involved selected 300 secondary schools and about 60, 000 candidates, and that the measure was aimed at curbing examination malpractice, as well as to monitor candidates arrival time. Odukoya added that the biometric data capturing exercise would be fully used during the November/December examination, which according to him would involve 3,000 centers and about 400, 000 candidates.

He said all Federal Government colleges, military and para-military secondary schools, universities demonstration schools, model schools in the states and a private secondary school from each of the 36 states were selected for the pilot test.