We Will Not Introduce Computer Based Test – WAEC

Charles-Eguridu
Mr Charles Eguridu said WAEC will not introduce Computer Based Test for its examinations

The West Africa Examination Council (WEAC) says it will not introduce the Computer Based Test in its examinations.

Addressing reporters on Friday in Abuja, an official of the council, Mr Charles Eguridu, said the Computer Based Test could not be used to determine the knowledge of students in certain subjects, as the councils exams are based on theory not objectives.

“I am yet to see any educational expert who will tell you that you can measure the psychomotor domain using CBT [Computer Based Test].

“Any test that will use computer to evaluate who will be a good carpenter or evaluate who will be a good plumber cannot be valid.

“The exterminations we conduct in WAEC take into cognisance these three domains. The cognitive domain that measure your ability to recall, apply and other areas of knowledge you have acquired” he said, listing some aspects of what the examination body considers in its examination process.

Mr Eguridu explained that WAEC also used continuous assessments, which the teachers obtain by observing what the candidates do in the classroom to score students.

“It will be intellectually dishonest of me or anybody for that matter, no matter how highly placed, to announce to the Nigerian public that he or she is going to go full CBP in conducting a certificate examination in Nigeria. I beg to differ,” he stressed.

According to Mr Eguridu, the council has, however, introduced some technological gadgets to tackle the incessant issue of malpractices recorded in their examinations.

He warned that the results of students who are found to be involved in any malpractice will withheld.

WAEC: Candidates Do Not Proceed To University Based On Performance -Eguridu

eguriduThe Head National Office of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) says the assumption that those who proceed to the university based on their WAEC results are those that pass the exam is not true.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Charles Eguridu, said that the assumption on those who obtain credit in Mathematics and English Language constitute those who pass WAEC and the  Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) is misleading.

Mr Eguridu said that the Nigerian National Policy on Education does not prescribe that everybody who writes WAEC examination must gain admission into the university.

He added that those “who have the aptitude would gain admission into any tertiary institution while those who do not have the ability, can enroll in teachers’ training colleges, polytechnics, colleges of education and  nursing schools.

“I don’t see basically what is necessary for a candidate to have credit in Mathematics to be a musician,yet we need Mathematics everyday”.

He, nonetheless said that statistically,we have about 58 per cent of candidates who obtained grade 1-6 in Mathematics and about the same percentage in English Language.

“The statistics before me shows that about 58.08 per cent of the candidates who wrote the examination in 2015, had credits in Mathematics and English Language respectively

“In English Language, we had a total of one million, five hundred and eighty five thousand, seven hundred and ninety six candidates who sat for the examination, and of this number, nine hundred and twenty one thousand, one hundred and thirty eight obtained grade 1-6.

“While in Mathematics, we had one million, five hundred and eighty three thousand, two hundred and fifty six candidates who wrote the examination and of this number, nine hundred and thirty four thousand, four hundred and eleven candidates passed the examination by obtaining grade 1-6

39 per cent of the candidates passed Mathematics, English Language and three other subjects”, he said.

Mr Eguridu, however, maintained that some candidates were not prepared for the examination which led to failure in subjects like economics, biology, physics and chemistry.

Speaking about some factors that militated the performance of the candidates, Mr Eguridu said that poor quality of teaching and learning in the schools, lack of teaching aids, laboratories  and library could militate the performance of the students.

He, nonetheless said that the perception of education, which according to candidates, is about passing examination and gaining admission, should be tackled with.

“Education is meant to equip the individual for a life time,” he stressed.

Speaking about the relationship between WAEC and state governments, Mr Eguridu said that “the policy to pay the entry fee of candidates, is what i must commend the state”.

The Head National Office of WAEC said that the debt owed by some states affected the operation of WAEC.

#BringBackOurGirls Not Just About Chibok Girls – Yemi Adamolekun

Yemi AdamolekunExecutive Director, Enough Is Enough, Yemi Adamolekun on Monday drew attention to the many other tragedies brought by the Boko Haram sect in the past few years, insisting that the #BringBackOurGirls is not just about the abducted school girls, but about the many lives that have been unaccounted for.

According to her the abduction of the 234 girls would have been silenced if not for protests and international attention, adding that 200 missing people in Chibok is the equivalent of 5 million people in Lagos State.

Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Adamolekun stated that the series of street protests in the country were making headway as they had gained attention and raised awareness.

She also cited a 2013 report of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, which had disclosed several cases of abduction in the North East, the killing of schoolboys in Buni Yadi and abduction of 20 girls in Borno.

“The number for the Chibok girls has raised this level of international awareness but I really don’t want people to forget that the pattern of abduction is new and the pattern of silence is not new,” she said.

She berated what seemed to be a disregard for human lives by the government as there were no agencies keeping records of victims of terrorism. “There is a fundamental issue with the way we respect lives in this country.”

She however stated that in the case of the Chibok girls, the onus rests on the Borno State government and the West Africa Examination Council to release comprehensive information to the public.