Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Why we will not adopt CBT for Exam now – WAEC

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on
Tuesday said that it would not adopt the Computer
Based Test (CBT) mode fully for now, considering
the variables involved in conducting its
examinations.


WAEC’s Head of National Office
(HNO), Dr Charles Eguridu, told the some journalists
in Lagos that the CBT mode being demanded by
some people was not feasible for now.

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
had, during its 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examination (UTME) recently, migrated fully to the
CBT mode.

JAMB said that it migrated to the CBT mode to
eradicate impersonation and other forms of
examination malpractice.

According to Eguridu, those making the call are
ignorant of the socioeconomic variables that are
necessary for the adoption of the CBT for WAEC
examinations.

He said: “WAEC examinations involve the use of
multiple choice questions, essay and practical, in
which case we test various domains of learning.
“And with this, it is not going to be valid to test
certain domains of learning with CBT.
“Or can you use CBT in measuring proficiency in
certain trade subjects such as carpentry and
others? ’’

The official said that the inadequacy of internet
connectivity and constant electricity in the country,
especially in rural areas, would make such a
venture almost impossible.

Eguridu said that the huge capital outlay that would
be required to provide computers and its
accessories for every candidate nationwide makes
the cost of the venture prohibitive.

“All what I am trying to explain here is that it will not
be possible for us to adopt the CBT mode for our
examinations at least for now.
“Probably what we will do as an organisation is to
adopt the CBT for certain aspects of our
examination and not all the areas.
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“ We are already trying to work out something
based on that,” he said.
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