The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has addressed concerns about the planned switch to Computer-Based Testing (CBT) for its examinations.
Addressing speculations, WAEC emphasizes that:CBT is NOT replacing paper-and-pencil tests for general school candidates in 2024. The announcement only applies to the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates (First Series, 2024).
Acknowledging limitations: WAEC recognizes the current challenges with digital infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. This is why the initial CBT implementation is limited to private candidates, who typically come from urban settings with better access to technology.
Future considerations: WAEC reiterates its commitment to eventually transitioning to CBT for all candidates. However, it stresses the need for adequate preparation, including equipping schools with necessary resources and training personnel.
To ensure a smooth transition, WAEC will offer trial tests. Platforms for both secondary school students and out-of-school individuals to practice and familiarize themselves with the CBT environment, free mock examinations and WAEC has also reviewed and ensured the capabilities of centers chosen to host CBT exams.
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