WAEC CBT: The West African Examinations Council has announced to the public that the council will opt in for Computer Based Test for it examinations and will consider it for the objective papers in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.
Dr Iyi Uwadiae, who made this known in an interview during the 37th annual conference of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa which started on Monday.
WAEC CBT NOTE
The registrar added that before the WAEC CBT takes over, the council must be sure that the five-member countries, their governments and the schools had been able to provide the necessary facilities, and candidates were also ready.
Furthermore, he told newsmen that “We are working very hard on the WAEC CBT. Right now, we have about three to four centres that are fully equipped for CBT. But one thing you must know is that our exam is an achievement test, not a selection test. So, we have essays, we have practicals and we have objectives.
However, we are making effort to ensure that the objective section of our examination is applified to Computer Based Test. But while we are doing that, we have to also make sure that the schools are fit to this task. However, we are working towards that; we are sensitising the various governments in Nigeria and in the other countries.
Meanwhile as time progresses, we will be there. We cannot give measures for now.
WAEC is in charge of five countries. Malpractices are everywhere and in the five-member countries. You know of course that our exam is a high stake exam and people want to pass; yet they have not prepared. So especially, students who get themselves involved in malpractices are those who did not prepare for the exams.
WAEC was focusing more on Information and Communication Technology in the aspects of education.
That is why we bring experts from all over the world to this conference to share new ideas. As an examination body, we don’t want to be left behind. So, after the conference, we go back to the drawing board and ask what we have been doing right and what we have not,” he added.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echono, who declared the conference open, noted that the government developed an “Education for Change” blueprint which had led to a Ministerial Strategic Plan (2018-2022) for the delivery of quality education in the country using also to harness the power of ICT by bring up WAEC CBT Examination
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