WAEC Plans Gradual Shift from Paper to Electronic Examinations

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) in Nigeria has announced plans to phase out traditional paper-based examinations in favor of electronic devices, starting with the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Dr. Amos Dangut, Head of WAEC’s National Office, revealed this during his assessment of the ongoing WASSCE in Abeokuta on Thursday. Accompanied by Mrs. Mariam Oloko, the Permanent Secretary of the Ogun Ministry of Education, Dangut highlighted the initiative as a proactive measure to enhance examination integrity and efficiency.

“We are gradually moving towards a system where schools equipped for computer-based testing will conduct examinations electronically, while others will continue with pen and paper,” Dangut explained. He emphasized that the transition would be coordinated with the Ministry of Education and phased in with careful planning.

Dangut expressed satisfaction with the current examination process, commending schools and students for their preparedness. However, he underscored the need for schools to expand laboratory facilities to accommodate students adequately.

Oloko, speaking on behalf of the Ogun State government, affirmed ongoing efforts to digitalize school processes, including the online registration of pupils. She pledged continued investment in Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure across public schools to ensure educators and students are well-prepared for future advancements.

During their monitoring visit, the team inspected several examination centers in Abeokuta, including Abeokuta Grammar School, Baptist Girls College, Sacred Heart College, and Charis College. These visits aimed to evaluate the implementation of examination procedures and assess infrastructure readiness.

The gradual shift towards electronic examinations marks a significant step for WAEC in Nigeria, aligning with global trends towards digital transformation in education. As preparations continue, stakeholders anticipate a timeline for full implementation in collaboration with educational authorities nationwide.

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