Arewa youths refuse CBT for WAEC exams, fearing it will lead to failure in Zamfara, Taraba, etc.

Arewa youths refuse CBT for WAEC exams, fearing it will lead to failure in Zamfara, Taraba, etc.

Northern youths under the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) have called for the cancellation of the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) format of the upcoming West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examinations in the country.

AYCF said such testing methods, if introduced, would ultimately result in mass student failures, especially in rural states where computer skills are scarce or non-existent.

Forum president Yerima Shettima said in a statement on Friday that the CBT exam should have been optional, allowing candidates to choose between a traditional paper-and-pen format or a computer-based approach. The group pointed out.

He said this would have allowed students to choose the format they are most comfortable with and that challenges them successfully.

Mr Shettima said a study conducted by the forum in some northern states such as Zamfara, Jigawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Nasarawa and Plateau showed that CBT exams were not consistent among students attending public schools where computer skills were not sufficient. It has become clear that this has resulted in a misleading failure rate. he taught.

“Even the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) CBT exam leaves disadvantaged students in a bind as they struggle to answer questions in unfamiliar formats.

“Many students who failed the CBT-based JAMB exam last year claimed that their failure was the result of system failures such as lack of equipment or network failures during the exam. Lack of computer skills and outdated desktop computers that are not properly maintained by CBT centers further exacerbate the situation.

“Because exams are timed, these delays can significantly hinder the performance of students who have good knowledge of the content.”

In light of these findings, AYCF called on the Ministry of Education, Jamaat-u-Nasril-Islam (JNI), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), National Association of Nigerian Students (NAANS) and other relevant civil society organizations (CSOs) to . ) Unite to reject the planned CBT trial.

“This decision is essential to prevent large-scale failure rates for students who deserve a fair and equal opportunity to succeed,” the chancellor said.

“AYCF remains committed to promoting quality education, fair examination processes and overall educational progress in Nigeria. We will work with all stakeholders to ensure a level playing field for all students. We are ready to find suitable alternatives to ensure that.”


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