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By Iyojo Ameh

In a bid to tackle examination fraud, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has officially abandoned the traditional paper and pencil test model for a Computer-Based Test format in the administration of the Senior School Certificate Examination.

The announcement was made in a statement by Moyosola Adesina, the acting head of the Public Affairs Unit of WAEC, released on Monday. Adesina highlighted that this strategic shift aligns with global best practices in examination administration.

The new testing model is set to debut with the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates scheduled for February 2024. The move is part of WAEC’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the integrity of examinations and staying abreast of technological advancements in assessment methodologies.

This transition is expected to usher in a more secure and efficient examination process, reducing the susceptibility to fraudulent activities associated with traditional paper-based testing.

The Nigeria National Office of WAEC aims to ensure the successful implementation of Computer-Based Examinations, signaling a significant milestone in the evolution of examination practices in the region.

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