WAEC: Computer-based testing leads to mass failures in northern Nigeria - Forum

WAEC: Computer-based testing leads to mass failures in northern Nigeria – Forum

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has declared that the proposed computer-based exam format for the upcoming West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination will lead to mass failure of students, especially in rural areas of northern Nigeria.

The Forum therefore called for its cancellation.

In a statement released in Kaduna on Friday, AYCF National President Yerima Shettima said, “The CBT exam is optional, allowing candidates to choose between a traditional paper-and-pen format or a computer-based approach. It should have been.”

He argued that this would allow students to choose the format with which they are most familiar and which challenges them successfully.

Shettima said that surveys conducted by the forum in some northern states such as Zamfara, Jigawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Nasarawa and Plateau showed that the CBT exam consistently showed high failure rates among students attending public schools. It has become clear that it brings about

He said even the Admissions and Matriculation Board's joint CBT exams were in a bind as disadvantaged students struggled to answer questions in an unfamiliar format.

He pointed out that many students who failed the CBT-based JAMB exam last year claimed that it was due to system failures such as lack of equipment or network failures during the exam.

The ACYF National President believed that the situation was further exacerbated by the lack of appropriate and sufficient computer skills and outdated desktop computers that were not properly maintained by CBT centres.

Source: dailypost.ng

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