The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has solicited the support of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) for a zonal centre for its electronic marking technology (e-marking) for some West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) papers.

Registrar of the council, Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, who made the appeal when he paid a courtesy visit to the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), explained that WAEC is working towards migrating into full digital administration of its examinations in line with global standards.

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.”

The registrar revealed that WAEC currently carries out its activities in Nigeria through a total of 35 zonal offices, satellite and liaison offices located in the various states across the country.

Uwadiae 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, adding that testing centre would only take care of objectives papers while the other aspects, such as practical examinations and essays would still be marked by examiners.

The registrar therefore appealed to the administration to provide land and support to the council, to enable it establishes the CBT centre for the north central geopolitical zone in Abuja.

Responding, the FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, represented by the FCT permanent secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, praised the council for its stability and integrity over the years and urged them to keep up the good work.