Advancement!! WAEC To Commence CBT Examination Mode Soon
West African Examinations Council,
WAEC perfecting plans to migrate into
the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode
for its examinations.
The West African Examinations
Council (WAEC) is considering
migrating to the Computer-Based
Test (CBT) mode of examinations
for it examinations, the Registrar
disclosed in Lagos.
The Registrar of council, Dr Iyi
Uwadiae, disclosed this in an
interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
According to him, the council is
considering all variables available
to ensure that the entire process is
not messed up.
He, however, noted that the council
was not in a hurry to migrate
because the council basically
conducts achievement tests and not
“We have looked at the issue of
CBT and found that this is not a
selection test, where one can deal
with paper and pencil.
“With that, you can easily migrate
to CBT, but for an achievement
test where you train people to
become engineers, medical
doctors and others, there will be
need for practical experience.
“So, they do not just train them
practically in the class, they
equally need to be tested on
“Again this background,
therefore, we are collaborating
with other examination bodies
and experts outside Nigeria to
ensure that when we start, we
will not mess up the entire
“And what is expected of the
candidates can still be achieved,’’
Uwadiae noted that the council was
being cautious in getting it done
because there were many things
“We are not in a hurry to move
in there but with time, we are
going to migrate into it and start
with the objective tests.
“We have to still do the practical
aspect because we want to be
sure that all schools are on the
“They must be on the same level
in terms of learning and all other
aspects so that we can be able to
have confidence on the reliability
of the continuous assessment and
practicals, which their teachers
will give us.
“For now, we cannot say what we
get from these teachers are
reliable as we insist on
“We need to go to these schools
and match them against any
standard tests,’’ the registrar said.
On the persistent poor performance
of candidates, Uwadiae said the
issue was not peculiar to Nigeria
He noted that effective teaching
and learning were no longer taking
place in schools, coupled with the
issue of dearth of infrastructure.
According to him, students seldom
stay in the classrooms; they spend
more time on the internet and do
not read and all that.
He explained that such students
were not expected to perform
miracles during examinations.
“We compare our standards with
that of other examination bodies
in Nigeria and internationally
and so we cannot lower our
“Our examinations are taken by
candidates of five different
countries and it is the same
“We have our own internal
mechanism, as well as a very
functional research outfit.
“For every examination, we do a
research to find out why
candidates perform poorly and if
after this, we still have some
doubts, we do what is called post
“Invariably we find out that our
items are not bad.
“The teachers are the ones who
set the questions, moderate and
mark them; we only collate and
release results as adjudged by the
experts,’’ the council boss added.