The acting secretary of the National Examination Council (NECO), Dr. Abubakar Ghana, asked the Commissioners of Education in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to notify them of the extortion of students to the Senior School Certification Exam (SSCE) by schools in their respective domain.
The registrar said that some schools were charging above the federally approved rate of N9, 850 as an enrollment fee for the 2020 SSCE.
Ghana, who noted that this was against government policy, promised to sanction any school found guilty.
He stated this when he received members of the Basic Education and Services Committee of the Chamber of Deputies in the council’s Abuja office.
The committee members, led by its Chairman, Prof Julius Ihonvbere, were on a supervisory visit to the examining body.
The registrar said: “A month ago, we wrote to all education commissioners, noting that some schools, public and private, are extorting candidates. While NECO’s fee itself is N9,850, some even charge N20,000 in the name of administrative charges.
“Most of these schools are miracle centers and what they do there is that they practice examination malpractice. Lazy and unsure candidates can pay up to N50,000 to apply so they can do what they want.
“We are in it. You also have a very important role to play. We will ensure that, in all of our activities, we will be part of the monitoring team so that you can see what is happening and, at your convenience, write a report for us. ”
Ghana said the council would involve committee members to monitor its review and urged them to report any infractions that would guide the board in the appropriate actions to be taken.
He appealed to members of the National Assembly for a review of the NECO budget, regretting that the examining body had not embarked on any capital project in the past three years.
The committee’s chairman, Ihonvbere, said the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies would approve a review of the NECO budget to allow it to carry out its mandate.
He noted that the committee relied heavily on NECO and those responsible for managing the agency.