Abubakar Saddiq, the Chairman of the National Examination Council (NECO) board, revealed that they have stop the use of scratch card for the registration of Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).
He said that they have secured 8,000 biometric machines, for the registration of candidates during the conduct of its examinations.
So student will no longer make use of scratch card when registering for the next NECO registration. As Student Registration will be done online and each candidate will be given a code for the registration process.
He said each school data are already in the biometric data capturing machine, so as the student register, his/her biometric will be captured with ease.
He further said with the use if the new NECO biometric data capturing machine, it will be very difficult for anyone to pose as a prospect during the exams because the captured data is in their platform.so manipulation cannot be done.
Also, NECO’s Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana, said that the equipment were secured to boost performance in the areas of logistics and overall security of its examination.
According to Gana, he said “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 said that the 8,000 biometrics data capturing machine cost the council N500million, while the 20 Toyota Hilux gulped N327,800,000.
“Each of the vehicles cost N16, 390,000 while a unit of the biometric capture machine was bought at N62, 500,” he said.
This is the first time NECO would be deploying biometrics, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.
All this was revealed on Friday during the commissioning of the equipment and unveiling of 20 Toyota Hilux Vans purchased by the agency, in Minna, Niger State.