National Examination Council (NECO) has reported a case of exam malpractice which involves a total of 40,630 candidates who were involved in the just concluded June/July 2019 exams.
Mr Abubakar Gana, who is the current NECO Registrar made this known in a report which was submitted to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
Gana, speaking on the mandate and achievements of the council between May 2018 and September 2019, said three schools in Katsina, Kebbi and Oyo State had been found guilty, also 18 supervisors had been blacklisted.
Gana also urged the government to priorities security of examinations and officials just as the Independent National Electoral Commission is provided with security during elections.
NECO obtained 8,000 bio metric verification machines before conducting 2019 SSCE, Gana pleaded with the government to provide more bio metric verification devices to be able to reach more centers.
He said, “The Council successfully conducted the 2019 June/July SSCE with a total of 1,163,194 candidates registered for the examination. A total of 40,630 candidates were involved in the various forms of malpractice; 18 supervisors were 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 de-recognized for two years for their involvement in collusion and mass cheating.”