By Dayo Adesulu
Authorities of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, in line with global best practices, Wednesday said, it has introduced e-marker in examination process, beginning with the ongoing November/December examination nationwide.
Head of WAEC Nigeria National Office, Mr Olutise Adenipekun who disclosed this during Education Writers’ Association of Nigeria, EWAN courtesy visit to its Lagos office said that the innovation will help in the assessment of theoretical questions such that marking will no longer be done manually but electronically.
He noted that the project is scheduled to begin with the ongoing November/December West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
Adenipekun 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.
According to him , the adoption of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the conduct of the examination is aimed not only at ensuring near perfection but to also lead globally in the area of examination integrity.
He, however, added that the development does not mean that teachers who were engaged by WAEC in the traditional marking method will be dropped, adding that they will still be engaged to handle the electronic-marking project.
He said: “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”
“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, however 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.
The HNO lauded EWAN for its foresight and contributions to national growth and development through quality reports,
Meanwhile, Chairman of EWAN, Mr. Tunbosun Ogundare, in his remarks thanked WAEC for extending its hands of fellowship to the association, while also pledging the commitment of the body to improved education coverage towards achieving the required reform in the sector.
He, however appealed to the management of the examination body to always extend training and other collaborative programmes to the association’s members as a way of enhancing their knowledge of the education sector.