The National Examination Council (NECO) has scrapped the usage of scratch cards, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).
Chairman of the NECO board, Abubakar Saddiq, confirmed this on Friday during the commissioning of the system and unveiling of 20 Toyota Hilux Vans purchased with the aid of the agency, in Minna, Niger State.
Saddiq disclosed that they have got procured eight,000 biometric machines, for registration of candidates at some stage in the behavior of its examinations.
“In the final human beings have to buy scratch cards as a way to sign in for NECO examination. That is out. No greater scratch cards. People (will) sign in on line and that they (will) be given a code and they may cross beforehand to register.
“As they sign in, their biometrics are captured. Every faculty is on a specific biometric data capturing gadget. Every records is captured on that small device.
“It is impossible for all of us to impersonate a candidate at some stage in our tests due to the fact the captured information is on our platform,” he said.
NECO’s Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana, said that the system have been procured to decorate operations in the regions of logistics and overall security of its examination.
According to Gana, NECO had been using scratch cards to register over fifty one,000 applicants for every of its examinations in the beyond which had no longer enabled the corporation to scale down malpractices.
Gana noted that the eight,000 biometrics machine price the council N500million, whilst the 20 Toyota Hilux gulped N327,800,000.
“Each of the vehicles price N16, 390,000 while a unit of the biometric seize system became bought at N62, 500,” he stated.
This is the first time NECO could be deploying biometrics, for the behavior of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.