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NECO, stakeholders call for comprehensive law to regulate examinations

The Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi, has said there is a critical need for a comprehensive national examination…

The Registrar/Chief Executive of the National Examinations Council (NECO), Professor Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi, has said there is a critical need for a comprehensive national examination law to regulate all aspects of examinations in Nigeria.

Wushishi stated this at a one-day retreat by NECO in Abuja on Monday titled ‘Legislative Functions: The Imperatives of Achieving NECO’s Mandate and the Challenges of Examination Legislation in Nigeria’.

He said: “We lack such a law, relying instead on a patchwork of regulations across examination bodies and individual schools. This creates vulnerabilities in the system.”

He identified infrastructure constraints, surge in candidate enrollment, inadequate funding, examination malpractice, amongst others as some of the key hurdles faced by the examination body.

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Speaking, Niger State governor, Mohammed Umar Bago, who was the chairman of the occasion, said it was important to look into the existing law that guides NECO in the conduct of its various examinations to address issues of artificial intelligence.

In his remark, the Minister of State for Education, Sununu Tanko, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Didi Esther Walson-Jack, urged participants to actively engage in the discussions to enable NECO to effectively achieve its mandate.

 

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