WAEC: Modernising Examination With CBT Mode
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says plans to introduce the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in the administration of its examinations are at an advanced stage.
The Head of National Office (HNO), Patrick Areghan, gave the hint in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Lagos.
Mr Areghan was speaking against the backdrop of notable achievements and advancements of the council under his watch as he prepared to bow out of office on Oct. 1.
He would be bowing out after completing his three-year tenure.
is, how Nigerian children in the diaspora can sit for WASSCE overseas.
“That, again, is what I want WAEC to do in the very near future.
That is one thing I wanted to do under my watch, but, again, needing cooperation of the sub region, not only Nigerian taking WASSCE overseas.
“I also want to see its digital certificate that we have successfully launched in Nigeria replicated in the entire sub region, so that any candidate that has taken WASSCE, can be in any part of the world to access the digital certificate; that is a legacy.
“For instance, if your certificate gets missing, soaked, destroyed by fire and so on, with one touch on the bottom, it appears.
“For me, this is a great legacy,” the WAEC boss stated.
He also stated that the council’s Digital Security Printing Press is another milestone achievement under his watch.
According to him, after 71 years of the council’s existence, the introduction of the digital security printing press is a worthy legacy.
This is alongside other internal ones, such as the staff bus scheme, meant to cushion the effect of high transportation fare, occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal, he said.
“We are going to do more to motivate staff. I am counting on my successor to follow suit, being a very committed and intelligent person. It is my prayer that he achieves more than me,” he stated.
Speaking on his greatest achievement, Mr Areghan highlighted the successful conduct of examinations, release of results within stipulated time and printing and release of certificates to deserving candidates as key.
“That is my greatest achievement. That is because when you work in the council and you fail to conduct any examination, no matter the other levels of achievements, you have failed.
“So, I give God all the glory that I have been able to conduct all the examinations, even in the COVID-19 years, from 2020 to 2023,” the outgoing council boss said.