The Registrar, National Examination Council (NECO), Prof Godswill Obioma, has expressed satisfaction with the compliance of faculties to the COVID-19 protocols.
Obioma spoke after monitoring some schools in Minna, Niger State taking the basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) for JSS3 pupils organised by NECO.
Obioma said the faculties he visited had complied with all the regulations given to them adding that areas where they were found wanting were acknowledged to them for immediate corrections.
In Minna, the Registrar visited the El-Amin International College, Police secondary school and therefore the federal College where the students were writing culture and creative arts.
He said: “With my colleagues, I even have monitored the scholars writing examinations, I sampled two government schools, a federal college, a security school and private school to form it balanced.
“We went round to make sure that the specification that we’ve drawn out for them are complied with and therefore the measures of observance of COVID-19 protocols are complied with.
“We had specified that students accompany their facemasks, wash hands within the school and have hand sanitiser and that i am impressed with what I even have seen within the school I even have gone to including where i’m currently. They follow the rules to the letter. Our interest is to make sure that the physical spacing is complied with. that’s what happened here and in other schools too.’’
The Registrar further said that the Examination body is adopting prognostic monitoring where any infraction or non-compliance is addressed on the spot.
“Post-mortem monitoring is classical and obsolete, this is often why NECO is now adopting prognostic monitoring where anywhere we meet certain infractions we correct them on the spot.
“We have asked the principal to make space, there are enough classes for them to write down the examination since not all students are back to high school . and that we expect them to suits these protocols.”
Obioma said 138,550 students were writing the BECE nationwide. He said it had been a practice for how the SSCE would be conducted in October.
“This may be a rehearsal to the SSCE because it’s smaller in scope and size for SSCE. We expect that one or two million people will register for the SSCE but this one may be a rehearsal and whatever challenges we experience now, we’ll find solutions thereto with the bid of improving our performance during the SSCE, “ he said.
The Principal of El-Amin International School, Kama Vincent, said there have been adequate supervisors and invigilators to watch the pupils during the examination.
He added that the school had made provisions to make sure that each one COVID-19 protocols are followed and adhered to.