Saturday, 22 August 2015

We Will Not Introduce Computer Based Test – WAEC

The West Africa Examination Council (WEAC) says it will not introduce the Computer Based Test in its examinations.
Addressing reporters on Friday in Abuja, an official of the council, Mr Charles Eguridu, said the Computer Based Test could not be used to determine the knowledge of students in certain subjects, as the councils exams are based on theory not objectives.

“I am yet to see any educational expert who will tell you that you can measure the psychomotor domain using CBT [Computer Based Test].
“Any test that will use computer to evaluate who will be a good carpenter or evaluate who will be a good plumber cannot be valid.
“The exterminations we conduct in WAEC take into cognisance these three domains. The cognitive domain that measure your ability to recall, apply and other areas of knowledge you have acquired” he said, listing some aspects of what the examination body considers in its examination process.
Mr Eguridu explained that WAEC also used continuous assessments, which the teachers obtain by observing what the candidates do in the classroom to score students.
“It will be intellectually dishonest of me or anybody for that matter, no matter how highly placed, to announce to the Nigerian public that he or she is going to go full CBP in conducting a certificate examination in Nigeria. I beg to differ,” he stressed.
According to Mr Eguridu, the council has, however, introduced some technological gadgets to tackle the incessant issue of malpractices recorded in their examinations.
He warned that the results of students who are found to be involved in any malpractice will withheld.

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