NECO Now Set to Introduce CBT Next Year

The Chairman National Examinations Council, NECO Registrar, Dr. Paddy Njoku, says the council is now to ready use computer for its examinations as from next year.


The Chairman of the National Examinations Council (NECO) Governing Board, Dr. Paddy Njoku, has said the board will introduce Computer-Based Test (CBT) in objective papers of its subsequent examinations.

Njoku made this known on Thursday in Abuja 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 students and teachers conducted themselves well.

The chairman said that the visit was informed by the fact that today’s paper — Mathematics — was compulsory for all the students.

“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 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.’’

On his part, NECO Registrar, Prof. Abdulrashid Garba, said that in 2016, all objective examinations of the body would be CBT.

He said he had been visiting schools in various states, adding that the visit to Model Secondary School, Maitama, was the Board’s monitoring.

“ 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 measure have also been taken.’’

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