The National Examinations Council says a total of fourth thousand six hundred and thirty candidates are involved in various forms of malpractice during its recent June and July 2019 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
The acting NECO Registrar, Mr Abubakar Gana, said this in Abuja in a brief submitter to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on the mandate and achievements of the council between May 2018 and September 2019.
Gana said the three schools, one each in Katsina, Kebbi and Oyo states, were recognized for two years for their involvement in collusion and mass cheating.”
Gana also urged the government to prioritize security of examinations and officials just as the Independent National Electoral Commission is provided with security during elections.
Gana said that NECO acquired 8,000 bio metric verification machines before the conduct of its 2019 SSCE, adding that the council needed more bio metric verification devices to serve its over sixteen thousand centers.
He said, “The Council successfully conducted the 2019 June/July SSCE with a total of 1,163,194 candidates registered for the examination and eighteen supervisors are blacklisted for poor supervision, aiding, abetting and connivance with candidates to perpetrate examination malpractice.
“Three schools, one each in Katsina, Kebbi and Oyo states, were recognized for two years for their involvement in collusion and mass cheating.”