The West African Examination Council (WAEC) says it will begin marking theory scripts electronically with the 2016 November/December West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
WAEC’s Head of National Office, Mr Olutise Adenipekun, who spoke when members of the Education Writers’ Association of Nigeria (EWAN) visited his office said the e-marker was introduced to align the assessment of the examination with international best practices.
He said; “We are providing service and the people we are providing service for are youths of the country and youth naturally are restless. So they also want to see new things,”.
Adenipekun explained that the same booklet would serve for question and answers for the theory section. As a result, candidates would no longer be allowed to take questions away from the examination hall.
He said some teachers have undergone training to deploy the e-marker, adding that many more would be trained.
He promised that the WAEC template of assessing candidates will remain the same adding that it will not be in the interest of Nigeria to lower the standard of the examination for whatever reason.