By Raphael Jov
National Examination Council, NECO says it has built a corporate website to address the use of scratched card that was used in the past in registering and checking of results of candidates.
The Registrar of the Council, Abubakar Gana who was represented by the Acting Director Examination Administration, NECO, Mustapha Abdul who made the indication at a one-day Capacity Building Workshop for Education Correspondent Association of Nigeria (ECAN) in Keffi, Nasarawa State, said that the Council can not continue with the old ways of scratched cards in order to serve the candidates better.
According to him, NECO’s is committed to looking for ways to make things easy in the conduct of it’s examination, unlike in the time past, when NECO results were released, candidates would travel all the way from rural and remote areas looking for scratched card to check their results.
On his part, the head of information, Joint Admissions and Mayriculation Board (JAMB), who also doubles as one of the resource persons at the workshop, Dr. Fabian Benjamin said the board has introduced several approaches to examination malpractice, according to him, the board ensures that it registers within a short period of time in order to make the investment in examination malpractices less attractive, as the board discovered that the longer the period during registration, the more it gives opportunity to invest.
Earlier in his remark, the Chairman of ECAN, Chuks Ukwatu while stressing the need for government to fund examination bodies by funding capacity building of their staff who can come out with the right approaches in addressing the scourge, he urged Media practitioners to report and sensitize the public the implications of examination malpractices which keep having wrong people in right places.
Some of the participants at the workshop also shared their views and experience on the examination malpractices while some faulted parents and teachers who encourages examination the scourge, some said that examination malpratice is the worst form of corruption.
The workshop which was organized by NECO was aimed at equipping journalists who cover education beat to taking their stories from right perspective and from the point of knowledge in their reportage while reporting examination malpratice.
The theme of the workshop was “Examination Reporting in a Digital Age”