The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has raised concerns over the recent introduction of Computer-Based Test (CBT) for the upcoming West African Examinations Council (WAEC) examinations.
In a statement released yesterday, AYCF President Yerima Shettima urged for the cancellation of the CBT in WAEC, citing potential mass failures among students, particularly those in rural areas lacking computer literacy.
Shettima emphasized the need for flexibility, proposing that WAEC should make the examination format optional. This would allow candidates to choose between the traditional pen-and-paper method and the computer-based approach. The AYCF president argued that such a choice would empower students to opt for the format they are most comfortable with during the exams.
Citing research conducted in selected northern states, including Zamfara, Jigawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Nasarawa, and Plateau, Shettima revealed, “The CBT exams have consistently led to misleading failure rates among students attending public schools, where computer skills are often not taught.”
Referring to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) CBT exams, Shettima highlighted the challenges faced by underprivileged students who struggled with unfamiliar formats, leading to systemic failures. He pointed out issues such as insufficient facilities, network failures, and a lack of proper computer skills, which hindered performance, especially during timed exams.
The AYCF urged key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), and other relevant Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), to unite and reject the planned CBT exams. Shettima emphasized that this collective decision is crucial to prevent a potential surge in failure rates, advocating for fair and equal opportunities for all students.
Closing the statement, Shettima reiterated the AYCF’s commitment to promoting quality education, equitable examination processes, and the overall advancement of education in Nigeria. He expressed readiness to collaborate with all stakeholders to find suitable alternatives that ensure a level playing field for every student.