The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has introduced e-marker in the process of examination in line with global best practices in the assessment of theoretical questions such that marking will no longer be manual, but will be done electronically.
This was disclosed during an interaction with the education writers by the Head of Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Mr. Olutise Adenipekun.
It added that the project is scheduled to begin with the ongoing November/December West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
He said as a result of the development, candidates no longer take their theory questions home after their examinations, as answer booklets are now combined with the question papers.
According to Adenipekun, the adoption of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the conduct of the examination is aimed not only at ensuring near perfection but to also lead globally in the area of examination integrity.
He, however, added that the development does not mean that teachers who the body usually engage in the traditional marking method will be dropped, but that they will still be engaged to handle the electronic-marking project.
“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”
“If you assess well today, you will build the nation because the youths of today will find themselves in several position of leadership in the future” he said.
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.