The West African Examinations Council International Office in Lagos has said that it is ready to re -introduce electronic marking for its tests .
The Head of the Office , Mr Adelowo Maliki , who made this known to the
News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Monday , explained that the decision was due to an urgent need to cut costs .
Noting that before now the marking of tests was done by some of the Council ’ s partners based in the United Kingdom , Maliki said , “ We started electronic marking in 2014 and suspended it in 2016 due to high costs . Now that we have the necessary approvals from the council , we are set to re – introduce it. ”
He revealed that the council had already decided that some selected subjects in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination for private candidates would be marked electronically .
Explaining why the electronic mode of marking tests had to be re -introduced , Maliki said it would ensure test reliability .
“ It will increase test reliability , which means that even for different people, there will be little or no deviation from what they awarded because this one is electronically done and if you are not doing it according to laid down rules, it shuts you off automatically on its own.
“ At that point , you realise that you are not doing the right thing and so if every paper can be done electronically , it is going to be the best , ” he said .
Maliki added that the council also planned to spread the marking mode across all subjects and papers.