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NECO probes malpractice claim at exam’s centre

National Examinations Council (NECO) has said it will investigate reported cases of infractions at an examination centrs, Fabian Kings and Queens International School in Kaduna.

This followed a video by an online news platform, Signature Television, which reportedly exposed misdeeds during the just concluded Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) at the centre. In a statement by its Head of Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani, NECO said it had flagged the centre, identified and isolated all the candidates’ scripts for scrutiny.

The statement reads: “The authorities of Signature Television had, on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, alerted the National Examinations Council (NECO) to some infractions at one of the examination centres, Fabian Kings and Queens International School, Kabala West, Kaduna, with Centre Number (0140721), that may lead to malpractice during the just-concluded 2020 SSCE (Internal).

“Based on the council’s zero tolerance for examination malpractice, it swung swiftly into action by flagging the centre, identifying and isolating all the candidates’ scripts for scrutiny.

“Following this action, the council constituted an Administrative Committee to investigate the allegation in order to enable the council take appropriate actions.

“If found culpable, the entire results of the candidates will be cancelled, the school will be de-recognised and those examination officials involved in the act will be prosecuted in accordance with the Examination Malpractice Decree 33 of 1999.

“The council wishes to commend the authorities of Signature Television for their interest in ensuring the sanctity of public examination and enjoins stakeholders to emulate this gesture.”

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