West African Examination Council has solicited the support of the FCT Administration for a Zonal Centre for its electronic marking technology (e-marking) for some West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) papers.
The Registrar of the Council, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, made this appeal on Friday, July 27, when he paid a courtesy call on the FCT Minister. According to the Registrar, WAEC is working towards migrating into full digital administration of its examinations in keeping with global standards.
Dr. Uwadiae stated that the Council aspires “for a hitch-free impeccable world class service through the deployment of cutting edge technology to the doorsteps of all stakeholders in education which involves the decentralization of the councils operations and activities.”
WAEC, he said, currently carries out its activities in Nigeria through a total of 35 zonal, branch, satellite and liaison offices located in the various states across the country. These include the WAEC Liaison Office in Garki, Abuja as well as the full-fledged Zonal Office in Gwagwalada.
He revealed that the Federal Government is collaborating with WAEC International Headquarters in Accra, Ghana in funding the establishment of a Computer Based Testing (CBT) centres in each of the six geopolitical zones. The project, he disclosed, has been successfully implemented in Lagos and Benin City. The Registrar further explained that testing centre would only take care of objectives papers while the other aspects like practical examinations and essays would still be marked by examiners.
The Registrar therefore appealed to the FCT Administration to support its bid to establish the CBT centre for the North Central geopolitical zone in Abuja. The Council, according to him was soliciting for a plot of land to build the centre.
In his response, to the august visitor, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, who was represented at the occasion by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, pledged the support of the Administration to the Council. He praised the Council for its stability and integrity over the years and urged them to keep up the good work. The Permanent Secretary, welcomed home Dr. Uwadiae, a Nigerian, urging him to represent Nigeria well at the Council.
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