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WAEC Reintroduces Electronic Marking System

 

The West African Ex­amination Council (WAEC) has intro­duced electronic marking system in the assessment of candidate performance in theoretical questions in the ongoing ‘November/De­cember’ West African Senior School Certificate Examina­tion (WASSCE).

Revealing this in Lagos during a meeting with the leadership of the Education Writers’ Association of Ni­geria (EWAN), the Head of Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr Olutise Adeni­pekun, said as a result of the development, candidates will no longer take their theory questions home after their examinations, as answer booklets are now combined with the question papers.

According to Adenipekun, the adoption of Information and Communications Tech­nology (ICT) in the con­duct of the examination was aimed not only at ensuring near perfection, but to also lead globally in the area of examination integrity.

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The WAEC boss said the development did not mean that teachers whom the body engaged in the tradition­al marking method will be dropped, stressing that they would still be engaged to handle the electronic-mark­ing project.

“We are providing servic­es and the people we are pro­viding the services for are youths of the country, and youths naturally are restless. So they also want to see new things.

“If you assess well today, you will build the nation be­cause the youths of today will find themselves in sev­eral positions of leadership in the future,” he said.

He promised that the WAEC template of assess­ing candidates will remain the same, adding that it will not be in the interest of Ni­geria to lower the standard of the examination, for whatev­er reason.

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