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8,285 Candidates To Write Maiden Computer-Based WASSCE

Dr. Amos Josiah, the Head of National Office at the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in Nigeria, has revealed that despite initial resistance, 8,285 candidates have registered for the inaugural computer-based West African Senior School Certificate Examination (CB-WASSCE) first series.

The examination, scheduled from January 31 to February 17, will have results released 45 days after completion. Dr. Josiah assured a successful examination in a press briefing held at the WAEC head office in Yaba on Monday.

His words: “The conduct of the Computer Based West African Senior School Certificate Examination (CB-WASSCE) for Private Candidates, 2024 – First Series, will take place from Wednesday, January 31 and end on Saturday, February 17, 2024, in Nigeria.

“It is spanning two weeks and four days. Plans have, therefore, been concluded for this first-ever computer-based examination, which will be delivered in hybrid mode.

“The hybrid mode entails that the Objective or Multiple Choice questions will be rendered on-screen and candidates are required to give their responses on the screen.

“The Essay and Practical questions will be rendered on-screen, likewise. But candidates will be required to give their responses using the answer booklets provided.

“WAEC Nigeria, in keeping with its vision of being a world-class examining body and its core value of innovation, has taken this bold step to offer candidates a viable alternative to the Pen and Paper model of examinations while giving its stakeholders and public, a view of the great potentials that exist in Computer-based approach to assessments.

“The Council is aware that the news of this innovation was initially greeted with some level of resistance.

“This only served as fuel for the Council to forge ahead on its course to conduct the CB-WASSCE.

“The Council is therefore encouraged by the acceptance of this innovation as evidenced in the number of entries received so far.

“As of today, Monday, January 29, 2024, a total of 8,285 candidates from across the Federation have registered for the examination.

“Out of this number, 3,949 are male, representing (47.66%). 4,336 are female, representing (52.3%) of the total candidature. Candidates would be examined in 19 subjects, made up of 26 papers.

“For the successful conduct of the examination and to curb examination malpractices, carefully selected examination officials have been trained by the Council to serve as Proctors during the conduct of the examination.”

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