Tuesday 23 February 2016

#WAEC says it is perfecting migration into #CBT examination mode } vanguard

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Tuesday said it was perfecting plans to migrate into the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode for its examinations. The Registrar of council, Dr Iyi Uwadiae, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, the council is considering all variables available to ensure that the entire process is not messed up. He, however, noted that the council was not in a hurry to migrate because the council basically conducts achievement tests and not selection tests. “We have looked at the issue of CBT and found that this is not a selection test, where one can deal with paper and pencil.

“With that, you can easily migrate to CBT, but for an achievement test where you train people to become engineers, medical doctors and others, there will be need for practical experience. “So, they do not just train them practically in the class, they equally need to be tested on theory. “Again this background, therefore, we are collaborating with other examination bodies and experts outside Nigeria to ensure that when we start, we will not mess up the entire process.

“And what is expected of the candidates can still be achieved,’’ he said. Uwadiae noted that the council was being cautious in getting it done because there were many things involved. “We are not in a hurry to move in there but with time, we are going to migrate into it and start with the objective tests.

“We have to still do the practical aspect because we want to be sure that all schools are on the same level. “They must be on the same level in terms of learning and all other aspects so that we can be able to have confidence on the reliability of the continuous assessment and practicals, which their teachers will give us. “For now, we cannot say what we get from these teachers are reliable as we insist on continuous assessment. “We need to go to these schools and match them against any standard tests,’’ the registrar said On the persistent poor performance of candidates, Uwadiae said the issue was not peculiar to Nigeria alone.

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