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The Chairman, NECO Governing Board, Dr. Paddy Njoku, made this known in Abuja on Thursday during the board’s monitoring visit to the Model Secondary School, Maitama, centre of NECO Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.
He said he was impressed with the progress of the examination, as pupils and teachers conducted themselves well.
Njoku said the visit was informed by the fact the day’s paper — Mathematics — was compulsory for all the pupils.
“We will introduce CBT in papers that need computer in the next exams, but some other subjects are either practical or essay; so you cannot put everything under CBT. Mathematics is compulsory, so the hall will be full; that is why we decided to inspect them today.
“We do about four levels of monitoring: we have invigilators, supervisors, security men and external monitors drawn from institutions of higher learning, who independently monitor the centres without getting involved in the administration of the examination.
“The board comes out to monitor and get direct assessment of the situation so that nobody tells stories and all these we do to ensure very strict control of our examination.”
Njoku also noted that reports from all over the country indicated that the examination was going on fine.
He said the performance of pupils in the examination had improved over the last two years, based on those who made five credits, including Mathematics and English.
According to him, the performance will continue to improve “since the rot created over the years will take some time to fix.”
He, however, blamed dwindling student performance on the quality of teachers, adding that efforts were being made to address the problem.
On his part, NECO Registrar, Prof. Abdulrashid Garba, said that in 2016, all objective examinations of the body would be CBT.
“In the schools visited so far, we have not seen anything that can cause disturbance; it has been complete compliance with the rules of the examination. All centres in Nigeria have been adequately secured in special areas like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states. Extra security measures have also been taken.”
Garba said that 975, 991 students are currently taking the examination nationwide. According to him, the results will be released 60 days from the date of the last paper, which comes up on July 10.