Nigerian laws are handicapped when it comes to exam malpractice - NECO
Examination malpractice has continued to strive because the laws are handicapped with courts fining N1,500 after a long proceedings, the Acting Registrar of National Examination Council (NECO) Abubakar Gana has said. Gana stated this at the weekend 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. The registrar, represented by the Acting Director, Examination and Administration of the council, said: “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 also said 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. Also, where there is an assault or mass cheating, the entire result of the centre will be cancelled and the centre derecognized for three years.