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  • Updated: May 09, 2024

FG seeks legislation to tackle challenges of examination 

FG seeks legislation to tackle challenges of examination 

The Federal Government has called for a robust legislation to meet the present challenges of conducting examinations in the country.

This is as it seeks  urgent need to review and modernise the country’s legislative frameworks to effectively address challenges of examination malpractice and digital transformation.

Minister of State for Education, Dr. Tanko Sununu, made the call on Wednesday, at a one-day retreat organised by the National Examinations Council (NECO) in Abuja.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Didi Walson-Jack, he said the effectiveness of NECO’s operations was intricately linked to the legislative environment in which it operates.

The minister said: “Legislation not only establishes the legal framework for NECO’s activities but also acts as a mechanism for safeguarding the integrity of examinations, protecting students’ rights, and ensuring accountability and transparency in assessment procedures.

”Despite the significance of examination legislation, we cannot ignore the challenges we face in this realm. From outdated laws and regulations to emerging issues like examination malpractice and digital transformation, there is an urgent need to review and modernise our legislative frameworks to effectively address these evolving challenges.”

Also speaking at the event that had its theme as ‘Legislative Functions: The Imperatives of Achieving NECO’s Mandate and the Challenges of Examination Legislation in Nigeria,’ Niger State Governor Mohammed Bago said it was important to look into the existing laws that guide NECO in the conduct of its various examinations to address issues of artificial intelligence and other modern technology.

Bago, who was chairman of the occasion, said: “This retreat is very timely, and I’m very impressed that the members of the National Assembly are fully represented looking at what the future holds for examination bodies like NECO in terms of innovation, the imperative of changing or amending our laws to be in tandem with technology, time and innovation.

“For instance, artificial intelligence has come to stay. So, our law must also be able to key into these technological advancements. 

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