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NECO Scraps Use Of Scratch Cards, Announces New System

NECO Scraps Use Of Scratch Cards, Announces New System
The National Examination Council has announced the scrapping of the use of scratch cards, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
According to a report from the Abubakar Saddiq the Chairman of the NECO board, the board has procured 8,000 biometric machines, for registration of candidates during the conduct of its examinations.
He dropped the message on Friday during the 20 Toyota Hilux Vans and commissioning of the equipment purchased by the agency, in Minna, Niger State.
“In the last people have to buy scratch cards in order to register for NECO examination. That is out. No more scratch cards. People (will) register online and they (will) be given a code and they will go ahead to register.
“As they register, their biometrics are captured. Every school is on a particular biometric data capturing machine. Every data is captured on that small machine.
“It is impossible for anybody to impersonate a candidate during our exams because the captured data is on our platform,” 
he said.

The board's acting registrar, Abubakar Gana, said that the equipment were procured to enhance the overall security of its examination and operations in the areas of logistics.

According to him, NECO had been making use of scratch cards to register over 51,000 candidates for each of its examinations in the past which had not enabled the agency to curb malpractices.

Gana noted that the 8,000 biometrics machine cost the council ₦500 million, while the 20 Toyota Hilux gulped ₦327,800,000.

“Each of the vehicles cost ₦16,390,000 while a unit of the biometric capture machine was bought at ₦62,500,” he said.

This is the first time NECO would be deploying biometrics, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
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