Written by Godfrey AKON

WAEC mulls introduction of CBT

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has said effort is being put in place to introduce Computer Based Test, CBT, in order to reduce examination malpractices.

Registrar of WAEC, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, who disclosed this in Abuja at the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa, AEAA, said the CBT would cover its object component of the examination.

"What we are trying to do is to ensure that the objective components of our examination is exposed to CBT; we also have to look at the readiness of the various schools and member countries," he said.

Uwadiae further noted that the council had embarked on sensitisation of various member countries in the West African Sub-region to work harmoniously in curbing examination malpractices in the conduct of the exercise.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, expressed confidence that Information and Communication Technology, ICT, would curb examination malpractices.

Echono called on participants to integrate technology and innovation to create efficiency while also leveraging on the bountiful opportunities the end result would bring.

He said today’s is evolving into a knowledge-based economy and the benefits accruing from the phenomenon could only be harnessed by countries with highly skilled and educated labour force.

“President Muhammadu Buhari led administration recognises that Nigeria's education system must prepare and equip the citizenry to be globally competitive in addition to effectively contributing their quota to national development.

“In achieving these twin goals, I am pleased to inform you that the Federal Government of Nigeria through the ministry has developed an 'Education for Change' blueprint; this is intended to provide the road map for an accelerated delivery of inclusive quality education to Nigerian citizens."

He said about 1.3 trillion naira had been expended on the sector in the last four years to provide critical education infrastructure while also placing more emphasis on Technical and Vocational Education and Training, TVET.

In his remarks, the President of AEAA, Dr Litsabako Ntoi, said it was important for member countries to share ideas on ways to expand practices toward the attainment of the goal of collective improvement of educational agenda.

Ntoi said that to conquer the educational challenges we face in the 21st century as a continent, there was need to continuously learn from one another.

"Some of the things that relate to examination malpractices are security at large; but one of the things we have to move into is cyber security as we are now going electronic when it comes to testing and assessment.

"We have to be able to protect ourselves in electronic manner. As far as malpractice is concerned across Africa, we are trying our best and hope that this innovation will help us reach our goal," She said.

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