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Implementing Biometrics to Curb Examination Malpractices In Nigeria
Odejobi OA, Clarke NL
Advances in Communications, Computing, Networks and Security 6, ISBN: 978-1-84102-258-1, pp115-123, 2009
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The problem of examinations malpractices that has been plaguing Nigeria for decades in spite of visible efforts by the stakeholders is examined in this paper. The main fundamental problems are identified as the absence of a credible identity verification system. This has an over bearing effect on knowing who should be where and at what time. Biometrics is considered as an adequate solution, with its proven achievement level in identification and verification of identities effectively answering the question- who you are. But given the peculiarity of Nigeria, there are general and solution specific requirement to be met for a successful implementation of biometrics in Nigeria. The proposed biometric solution; a smartcard based fingerprint verification technology incorporating the security strength of smartcards and the accuracy and speed of fingerprint biometrics is presented. A case for it is made, discussing the choice of technologies, cost and the views of the stakeholders. The paper concludes by looking at limitations of the presented solution and necessary future work if examination malpractices will be absolutely defeated.

Odejobi OA, Clarke NL