- WAEC says it has prepared for this year's WASSCE
- A new mechanism has been introduced to mark scripts electronically
- The e-marking scheme is expected to reduce exam malpractice
The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC), is introducing new measures to ensure that the marking of scripts for the WASSCE examination is done very well without errors.
This follows preparations being made by WAEC to contain about 316,980 candidates for this year's WASSCE examinations.
Already, head of the national office at WASSCE, Sam Nii Nmai Ollenu has stated that the date for the WASSCE examination has been shifted from February to April. This is to help candidates have ample time to study.
Touching on the mode by which the all exam papers will be marked using an electronic mode of marking, an official from WAEC revealed that the council will be starting an Electronic marking scheme to mark and grade all papers.
Head of test development division of WAEC, Carter Kofi Osafo, revealed this move forms part of plans to end exam malpractices in the country.
In 2017, the general performance of all 289,210 candidates was good as compared to the previous year of 2016.
In the area of Core Mathematics, exactly 122,450 candidates scored between AI and C6 with over 56,000 failing drastically.
The situation regarding Integrated Science was worrying as close to over 76,000 candidates also failed with a terrible F9.
Also, cases of examination malpractice were not left out as WAEC revealed that the results of 185 schools have so far been withheld pending the conclusion of investigations into various cases of examination malpractice detected during and after the conduct of the examination.
WASSCE is a compulsory external exam all students at Senior High Schools partake of as a compulsory criterion to qualify for the tertiary institutions.