The Head of the West African Examinations Council’s International Office in Lagos, Mr. Adelowo Maliki has announced that the body is ready to re-introduce electronic Marking for its tests.
Maliki made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday, saying it’s indeed pertinent in order to cut cost urgently.
''Some council partners based in the United Kingdom before now indulged in the marking of the tests,we started electronic marking in 2014 and suspended it in 2016 due to high costs. Now that we have the necessary approval from the council, we are set to re-introduce it.” says Maliki.
The council also decided that some selected subjects in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates will be marked electronically.
Briefing why the electronic mode of marking has to be reintroduced, he said “it will increase the test reliability, which means that even for different people, there will be little or no deviation from what they are awarded because this one is electronically done and if you are not doing it according to laid down rules,it shuts you off automatically on its own. At that point you realize that you are not doing the right thing, so if every paper can be done electronically, it is going to be the best,’’ he said.
Subsequently, the marking mode will spread across all subjects and papers.