Why we’ll not adopt computer-based test – WAEC
The West African Examination Council (WAEC) said
yesterday that it would not adopt the computer-
based test (CBT) in the conduct of its examination.
The council explained that it would continue with
the old method, even though CBT has proven to
reduce examination malpractice, as seen in the
conduct of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation
Zonal Coordinator of the examination body in Abuja,
Yusuf Ari, who gave the revelation, added that the
complex nature of its examinations and the spread
of subjects it tests would make it difficult.
He acknowledged the effectiveness of the option,
but stressed it may not be considered until after
adequate facilities such as sufficient computer
systems, steady power supply and other
infrastructural provisions are guaranteed.
“WAEC exam is a very complex one. It may interest
you to know that the council does not conduct
exams in urban centers only. It penetrates through
government and WAEC accredited schools in
remote areas, unlike JAMB.
“We conduct examinations in over 80 subjects and
many of them come in components. In fact, English
language comes in three components, consisting of
practical, theory and oral as the case maybe,” he
According to him, “Experts in education assessment
believe that removing somebody from his or her
place of residence, would psychologically and
emotionally affect his or her performance.”
He also noted that the deployment of ICT would be
difficult under such setting.