WAEC Set to Modernize Examinations with Computer-Based Testing

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is embarking on a transformative journey as it prepares to introduce Computer-Based Tests (CBT) for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). In an interview with the Head of the national office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, it was revealed that this innovation is part of WAEC’s vision for the future.

Areghan emphasized the significance of this move, highlighting the challenges that come with CBT, especially for practical and essay-based subjects. He acknowledged that while it’s feasible for objective questions, the transition to CBT for practicals and essays presents challenges, such as access to computer literacy, computer facilities, and reliable electricity in schools.

Despite these challenges, WAEC is determined to modernize its examination system. The plan is to commence CBT examinations, starting with objective questions and progressively incorporating theory and practical papers. However, Areghan acknowledged that not all schools would be ready for this transition, so there may be a segmented approach where some students continue with the traditional pencil and paper mode.

In addition to CBT, Areghan also expressed his desire to fully digitize all aspects of WAEC’s operations. This ambitious goal aligns with the broader vision of embracing digital technology to enhance the efficiency and accessibility of educational assessments.

As Mr. Patrick Areghan prepares to leave office on October 1, he leaves behind a legacy of innovation and progress at WAEC, setting the stage for a more technologically advanced and accessible examination system for West African students.

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