The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in its quest to curb examination malpractices across the country, is set to introduce an anti-fraudulent device.
The examination body plans to introduce a software called Item Differential Programme, a device that would assist in detecting collusion in any given examination, the device will be able to detect if candidates have jointly answered a particular multiple choice question, which is referred to as ‘item’.
This device, if approved by the council, might be introduced at its 2016 November/December diet of the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates. The council is already a doing trial run and fine tuning the device.
The council’s Head, Media and Information, Mr. Damianus Ojijeogu in an interview with NAN on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the introduction of the device is based on the high level of collusion which was discovered during the 2014/2015 examination.
During the 2014/2015 examination, it was discovered that collusion was gradually replacing other previous forms of malpractices recorded by the council including impersonation.
Ojijeogu explained further giving an instance saying, out of 100 candidates, 80 per cent of them go for a particular item which might be wrong as their answer, the device will immediately flag such item and aggregate the candidates.
The council boss however, said if it was unable to introduce it during the examination in November, it would do that during the 2017 May/June diet of the WASSCE, adding that the device was first used by the Kenyan Examinations Council, followed by that of Ghana.
Earlier in the month, the examination council said it had concluded all arrangements for the conduct of the 2016 May/June West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) nationwide. The practical aspect of the examination started in February but the main papers began March 30.
WAEC said it had put in place necessary security arrangement to ensure protection of lives and properties, especially in areas with security concern.