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Exams: NECO won't migrate to CBT now – Official

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The National Examination Council (NECO), says it will not migrate to Computer Based Test (CBT) mode for objective questions as planned until adequate facilities are put in place.

NECO's Abuja Liaison Officer, Mr Abdul Mustapha, who spoke in an interview with NAN on Wednesday in Abuja, said the council has made preparations for CBT.

According to Mustapha, the CBT was put on hold until the various states fix the requisite facilities.

'NECO examination has components of essay, practical, oral and objective.

'CBT is only possible with objective component; machinery has been put in place to do the CBT in the objective component.

'However, that will take time; because to do CBT, states must have centres for it.

'Our examination takes place even in the most remote rural areas,' he said.

NAN recalls that NECO's Registrar, Prof. Abdulrashid Garba, said recently that migrating to CBT would make the examination less cumbersome and cost effective.

'We have almost finalised the procedure on the CBT mode for our objective examinations.

'As soon as we have a governing board in place, the plan will be tabled before it for discussion and approval.

'We are equally working toward a complete migration to the CBT for all our examinations,' Garba said.

NAN reports that CBT generated a lot of controversy recently, following the hitches witnessed in the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.