Exams to shift from pen and paper to CBT – WAEC

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has said it has plans to introduce the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in the administration of its examinations.

Head of National Office (HNO), Patrick Areghan gave a hint in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, 23rd September.

Areghan said introducing the CBT mode of administrating some of the council’s examinations had been part of his vision for the body. He, however, added that it is not as easy as some people think.

He said; ”We have already started something in terms of CBT examination. We have gone far with our planning and all of that, even in the sub-region, the registrar to the council is also doing something.

“This is because we ask ourselves, how do we conduct CBT for practicals and essay papers? We can only readily do that in the case of objective questions. But so many people will not see it from that angle. They argue that some others are doing it, why can’t WAEC do the same?

“Now, no one even talks about energy; how many schools are exposed to computer literacy? How many have computer facilities, and how many have electricity to run these things?

“Even where you have all these things on ground, how do you handle the issue of theory and practical papers? So, these are the issues, but that is what I want the council to do in the very near future”.