The West African Examinations Council
(WAEC) has stated that the adoption and full
implementation of the Computer Based
Test (CBT) mode will not be feasible for
now, due to the nature of its examinations.
This was made known by the WAEC’s Head
of National Office (HNO), Dr Charles
Eguridu, in Lagos.
According to Eguridu, those making the call
are ignorant of the socioeconomic variables
that are necessary for the adoption of the
CBT for WAEC examinations.
He pointed at the issue of internet
connectivity especially in rural
communities, electricity as well as the cost
of providing computer systems for all
candidates nationwide as huge hindrances
to the venture.
“WAEC examinations involve the use of
multiple choice questions, essay and
practical, in which case we test various
domains of learning.
“And with this, it is not going to be valid to
test certain domains of learning with CBT.
“Or can you use CBT in measuring
proficiency in certain trade subjects such as
carpentry and others? ’’ He stressed.
“All what I am trying to explain here is that
it will not be possible for us to adopt the
CBT mode for our examinations at least for
“Probably what we will do as an
organisation is to adopt the CBT for certain
aspects of our examination and not all the
areas.” He stressed.