WAEC Provides Option for Computer-Based or Paper-Based WASSCE

WAEC Provides Option for Computer-Based or Paper-Based WASSCE
WAEC Provides Option for Computer-Based or Paper-Based WASSCE

The West African Examinations Council’s recent announcement about the November WASSCE is a landmark decision in the evolution of educational assessments in the region. By offering candidates the choice between Computer-Based Tests and traditional Paper-Based Tests, WAEC is acknowledging the diverse needs and technological readiness of students across West Africa. This dual approach not only caters to the varying infrastructural realities but also aligns with global digital trends in education. The introduction of CBT is expected to streamline the examination process, reduce incidents of malpractice, and provide quicker results. Moreover, it’s a step towards preparing students for the technological demands of higher education and the workforce. WAEC’s initiative reflects a commitment to enhancing educational standards and embracing innovation to better serve its candidates.

WAEC’s Technological Advancement: A Landmark in Education

Dr. Amos Dangut, the Head of WAEC’s National Office in Nigeria, announced this development in Ibadan, Oyo State. While visiting to oversee the ongoing WASSCE along with senior council officials, he shared details about the new initiative. Dr. Dangut emphasized that WAEC had already successfully held the first computer-based WASSCE, referred to as CB-WASSCE, earlier this year in January and February.

Enhanced Performance and Lowered Malpractices

Dr. Dangut highlighted the positive results of the CB-WASSCE, noting a significant improvement in candidate performance compared to previous years. Importantly, there was a substantial reduction in examination malpractices, with the rate decreasing from 5% to 0.8%. This success has motivated WAEC to offer the CBT option to private candidates taking the WASSCE in November.

“We are now preparing for the upcoming private candidates’ examination in October and November, providing candidates with the option to choose between the traditional pen-and-paper method and the computer-based method,” Dr. Dangut stated. This choice is part of WAEC’s broader strategy to eventually implement computer-based examinations across all schools, in collaboration with the Federal Government and other stakeholders.

Extending CBT to Rural Areas

WAEC’s initiative is not confined to urban centers. The council intends to extend computer-based examinations to rural areas, ensuring that all students, regardless of their location, have access to this modern testing method. Dr. Dangut explained that this move aligns with global technological advancements, preparing candidates for future challenges.

“It’s part of our plan to eventually implement computer-based examinations for all schools, in collaboration with the Federal Government and other stakeholders. We are also working on providing the necessary facilities and training for schools to facilitate this transition,” he said.

The Effectiveness of Computer-Based Testing

Despite initial doubts, the shift to the CBT method has yielded positive results. It has notably slashed malpractice rates, reflecting WAEC’s steadfast commitment to upholding exam integrity. Dr. Dangut stressed the importance of integrating technology in education, emphasizing the need to equip schools and adequately prepare candidates for the future.

“In any case, the world is swiftly advancing technologically. As part of the global community, it’s imperative that we keep pace. Achieving this entails providing schools with necessary resources and ensuring candidates are well-prepared for what lies ahead,” Dr. Dangut affirmed.

Guaranteeing Elevated Standards and Credibility

While visiting several schools in Ibadan, Dr. Dangut conveyed his contentment with the administration of the WASSCE. He commended the composed and assured behavior of the candidates and the favorable examination setting. “My objective is to uphold rigorous standards in all schools to facilitate equitable assessment of performance,” he remarked.

Dr. Dangut also observed the utilization of metal detectors and closed-circuit television (CCTV) in certain schools, expressing optimism that such practices were prevalent. These initiatives form part of WAEC’s endeavors to uphold a secure and trustworthy examination process.

Preventive Actions Taken by WAEC and ANCOPSS

Mr. Muhammad Musa, the National President of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), commended WAEC’s proactive stance. He highlighted that the examination monitoring reflects positively on the endeavors of public schools to guarantee credible and malpractice-free exams.

“WAEC’s objective is to ensure credible and malpractice-free examinations, and today’s experience underscores the positive efforts of public schools. Both teachers and students seem thoroughly prepared and confident, even in our presence,” Mr. Musa stated.

Final Thoughts

WAEC’s decision to offer both Computer-Based Tests and Paper-Based Tests for the November WASSCE marks a noteworthy stride in modernizing the examination process. This initiative not only bolsters the integrity and credibility of the exams but also equips students for a technologically advanced future. As WAEC further expands its CBT program, candidates nationwide will reap the benefits of a more streamlined and secure testing environment.

For additional details regarding the upcoming examinations and to stay informed about the latest updates, please visit WAEC’s official website and remain attentive for further announcements.