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The National Council (NECO) has scrapped the use of scratch cards, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate (SSCE).

Chairman of the NECO board, Abubakar Saddiq, confirmed this on Friday during the commissioning of the equipment and unveiling of 20 Toyota Hilux Vans purchased by the agency, in Minna, Niger State.

Saddiq disclosed that they have procured 8,000 biometric machines, for registration of candidates during the conduct of its examinations.

“In the last people have to buy scratch cards in order to register for NECO examination. That is out. No more scratch cards. People (will) register online and they (will) be given a code and they will go ahead to register.

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“As they register, their biometrics are captured. Every is on a particular biometric capturing machine. Every is captured on that small machine.

“It is impossible for anybody to impersonate a candidate during our exams because the captured data is on our platform,” he said.

NECO’s Acting Registrar, Abubakar Gana, said that the equipment were procured to enhance operations in the areas of logistics and overall security of its examination.

According to Gana, NECO had been making use of scratch cards to register over 51,000 candidates for each of its examinations in the past which had not enabled the agency to curb malpractices.

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Gana noted that the 8,000 biometrics machine cost the council N500million, while the 20 Toyota Hilux gulped N327,800,000.

“Each of the vehicles cost N16, 390,000 while a unit of the biometric capture machine was bought at N62, 500,” he said.

This is the first time NECO would be deploying biometrics, for the conduct of its Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Katsina reopens schools Oct 5 — Commissioner

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The Katsina State Government has fixed October 5 , 2020 , for the reopening of public and private primary and secondary schools in the state .
The state Commissioner of Education , Badamasi Lawal , made the announcement on Tuesday in Katsina.
The commissioner said revision classes for second term will start from October 5 through October 16 while for the second term would be conducted from October 19 to October 23 .
Lawal added that the students would resume for third term , which will run from October 26 , 2020 , to January 24 , 2021 , while examinations for the third term would begin on January 25 to end on February 5, 2021 .
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He said students and teachers must wear face masks on the premises , observe social distancing and other COVID – 19 protocols .
He added that the government would fumigate all schools and provide handwashing facilities and thermometers for measuring the temperature of students and teachersThe commissioner further added that the schools would operate in phased manner , with primary one to three attending classes between 7: 30 a. m . , and 12 : 30 .p . m , while primary four to six , would resume from 12 : 30 p . m . to 5 : 30 p . m .
Lawal explained that that day and boarding secondary schools would operate from 7 : 30 a. m to 12 : 30 p .m for the junior section , while the senior section would operate from 12 : 30 p .m . to 5 : 30 p . m .

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Ekiti State gets new University

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Ekiti State gets new University as the state’s House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the bill for the upgrading of the State College of Education to University of Education, Science and Technology.
The bill was passed through unanimous resolution at Tuesday’s plenary in Ado-Ekiti presided over by the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.
The passage of the bill followed the submission of the report of the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology headed by Mrs Kemi Balogun.
According to the report, read by Balogun, the Transitional Provision of Section 38 would give room the existing students of the College of Education lkere-Ekiti after the effective date of this Law to complete their course of study as stipulated
The report after been ratified by the Committee of the Whole House was read by the Clerk of the House, Mr Tola Esan and unanimously passed.
The Executive bill was titled, “A Bill for a Law to provide for the Establishment, Incorporation, Constitution, Powers and Functions of the University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere-Ekiti and Other Matters Therewith.”
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In an interview with newsmen shortly after plenary, the duo of the Speaker, Mr Funminiyi Afuye and Mr Tunde Idowu, Ikere Constituency, 2, APC thanked Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi and members for the initiative and speedy passage of the bill.
Afuye and Idowu, who hails from Ikere-Ekiti, in Ikere Local Government Area, assured that the new University of Education, Science and Technology would bring about social and economic development to Ikere-Ekiti, the state, Nigeria and the world at large.
Earlier at Tuesday’s plenary, Under Matter of Urgent Public Importance, Chief Gboyega Aribisogan, Ikole Constituency 1, APC called the attention of the House to the gradual extinction of the Yoruba Language.
He called the House to as a matter of advocacy and legislation, safe the Yoruba Language, which he described as the identity of Western Nigeria.
Also, Mr Adeyemi Ajibade, Moba Constituency 1, APC Under Matter of Urgent Public Importance, drew the attention of the House to non -availability of telecommunications network in Osun-Ekiti.
Ajibade called on the State Government to help prevail on the telecommunications network providers to extend their services to the community of over 30 thousand dwellers so that the people can access meaningful economic development.
The Assembly later adjourned plenary to Monday, Oct.,5.

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