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The National Examinations Council has stated that three schools in Katsina states, Kebbi and Oyo have been removed from the list for two years for their alleged participation in mass scams.

The interim secretary of the NECO, Abubakar Gana, announced it in a report presented Tuesday to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on the mandate and the results of the council between May 2018 and September 2019.

According to the report, the examining body recorded cases of bad practice in the examination, such as collusion between supervisors, teachers and school administrators.

He described the situation as an unfortunate saying, the accused of being part of the army in the fight against the scourge of bad examination practices.

The NECO registrar has asked the government to prioritize the safety of exams and officials in the same way that the independent national electoral commission has security during the elections.

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Gana 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-recognised for two years for their involvement in collusion and mass cheating.”

He noted that NECO acquired 8,000 biometric verification machines before the conduct of its 2019 SSCE.

He stressed, however, that the council needed more biometric verification devices to serve its over 16,000 centres.

The registrar said the council had also tried to block financial leakages and increased prudence in the management of resources.