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.
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.