The Acting Registrar, National Examinations Council (NECO), Abubakar Gana, has said the examination body needs biometric verification machines in its 16,000 centres to strengthen its efforts towards eliminating identity theft during the conduct of its examination.
The registrar explained that identity theft has become a common form of examination malpractice.
He said that NECO has acquired 8,000 biometric verification machines to help reduce the challenge.
The registrar stated these while briefing the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on the mandate and achievements of the NECO between May 2018 and September 2019.
He noted that cases of examination malpractice, especially impersonation and collusion by supervisors, teachers and school administrators during its examination remained a major challenge.