Examination malpractice: NECO introduces customised answer scripts

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In its fight to curb examination malpractices, the Registrar of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof Promise Okplala, has said in Abuja that the council has introduced the use of customised answer scripts for its examinations.
He explained that the customised answer scripts will checkmate the problem of hoarding unused answer scripts by some supervisors, which are later sold to fraudsters who use them for various examination malpractices.
“The Nigeria of those days is not possible in 2012. They (Examination fraudsters) have so many ways of cheating and we, on our part are always coming out with ways to counter them.
“These customised scripts appear alike, but every paper has a unique secret code. So if you use the answer script for English Language, for instance, to answer Biology, we will fish you out,” he said.
With this new strict measure in place, he appealed to fraudsters to desist from writing their papers outside the examination hall because they will be caught.
He said, “we want to let the public know, especially those that are engaged in examination malpractice, not to bother to write outside the hall because your
script will be fished out.”
Prof. Okplala further revealed that the commission’s former method of keeping question papers overnight at police stations, banks and even especially at the palaces of chiefs in the communities has been cancelled, adding that examination questions would be kept in NECO’s state offices, where security is assured and will be transported as early as 5am to various examination centres from there.
“That is why we have shifted our examination time to 10 a.m. because by then we estimate that the papers would have reached all the centres within state.
“That has led to an increase in the cost of our logistics, because during full operations, we use as many as 400 vehicles and the drivers have to be paid allowances,” he said.
The Registrar revealed that the commission’s staff are well taken care of to avoid being tempted to sabotage the effort of the commission, noting that students can go to any length to achieve thier dubious aims.
“Most importantly, we do not joke with our staffs welfare to prevent inducement by dubious people who offer them `kola’.”
He noted that lack of preparation on the part of students contributes to the high rate of examination malpractices in the country.
“This is all due to the fact that students are not well prepared and so do not have confidence in themselves.
“Let us go back to the roots and make sure we prepare candidates who will be eager to go into examination halls, because nobody seeks for support in a game one can win clean,’’ he advised.

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