The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is set to introduce Computer-Based Tests (CBT) for the administration of its examinations, according to Mr. Patrick Areghan, the head of the national office.
Areghan revealed that this transition to CBT mode had been a part of his vision for WAEC, and while it presents challenges, the council is making progress in planning for it.
He explained that conducting CBT exams for practicals and essay papers is more complex than for objective questions. Factors like computer literacy, availability of computer facilities, and access to electricity also pose challenges. Despite these challenges, Areghan is determined to see WAEC conduct CBT exams, starting with objective questions, in the near future.
Areghan mentioned that not all schools will be ready for CBT, and there may be a segregated approach where schools that can’t afford CBT will continue with the traditional pencil-and-paper mode. Additionally, he expressed his desire to fully digitize all of WAEC’s operations in the near future.