The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is on the brink of a major transformation in the way it administers its examinations as it makes plans to embrace the Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode. This groundbreaking development was revealed by Mr. Patrick Areghan, the Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. This initiative represents a significant stride in the council’s pursuit of excellence under Mr. Areghan’s leadership as he prepares to conclude his three-year tenure on October 1.
Mr. Areghan expressed his vision to incorporate CBT into the council’s examination processes and highlighted the progress that has already been made. While emphasizing the complexity of implementing CBT for practical and essay papers, he underscored the necessity to begin with objective questions. He noted that the availability of computer literacy, computer facilities, and electricity in schools must be considered before widespread adoption.
The outgoing WAEC boss acknowledged that not all schools would immediately transition to CBT and proposed a segmented approach where those unable to afford it could continue using traditional pencil-and-paper methods.
Apart from the introduction of CBT, Mr. Areghan also stressed the importance of digitalizing all aspects of the council’s operations. He highlighted that substantial progress has been made in digitizing various sections, such as result checking and verification. He envisions WAEC evolving into a technology-driven examination body.
In addition to these advancements, Mr. Areghan aspired to see WAEC expand its international presence, enabling Nigerian students in the diaspora to take the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) overseas. He also praised the digital certificate initiative, which allows candidates to access their certificates from anywhere in the world with ease.
One of Mr. Areghan’s proudest achievements during his tenure is the successful conduct of examinations, the timely release of results, and the efficient distribution of certificates to deserving candidates. He emphasized that this accomplishment is the cornerstone of WAEC’s mission.
As he prepares to step down, Mr. Areghan highlighted the introduction of the council’s Digital Security Printing Press as a milestone achievement. He also mentioned the Staff Bus scheme, designed to alleviate the impact of high transportation costs caused by fuel subsidy removal.
In closing, Mr. Areghan expressed his hope that his successor would continue to motivate staff and build upon the achievements made during his tenure. With these innovations and advancements, WAEC is poised to shape the future of West African examinations and continue its mission of educational excellence.
Source: Vanguard News
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