In line with global best practices, the management of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced that it will begin to mark theory scripts electronically – starting with the 2016 November/December West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
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Head of WAEC Nigeria National Office, Mr Olutise Adenipekun made the announcement on Wednesday after members of the Education Writers’ Association of Nigeria (EWAN) visited his office in Lagos.
According to him, the innovation will help in the assessment of theoretical questions such that marking will no longer be done manually but electronically.
“We are providing service and the people we are providing service for are youths of the country and youth naturally are restless. So they also want to see new things,” he said.
“If you assess well today, you will build the nation because the youths of today will find themselves in several position of leadership in the future. ”
He also stated that the project is scheduled to begin with the ongoing Nov/Dec WASSCE.
Adenipekun further explained that 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.
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.