Taking into account what is involved in conducting the Computer Based Test (CBT), the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has on Tuesday disclosed that it would not adopt that method of examination for now.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, the WAEC’s Head of National Office (HNO), Dr Charles Eguridu, revealed that the CBT mode being demanded by some people was not feasible for now.
If we recall, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had during its 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) recently, migrated fully to the CBT mode.
According to NAN reports, JAMB said that it migrated to the CBT mode to eradicate impersonation and other forms of examination malpractice.
Eguridu revealed that 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? ’’
“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.
“ We are already trying to work out something based on that,” he concluded. (NAN)