Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. The term may also be applied to any machine that exhibits traits associated with a human mind such as learning and problem solving.
Examination malpractice has been a major headache for the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) to deal with, leakage of examination question papers has been in the major news headlines each examination year, the council has taken measures to stop exam leakages and deal with examination malpractice among students. This year WASSCE examination will be free from question paper leakage and examination malpractice among students as WAEC is ready to deploy Artificial Intelligence for the conduct of the the 2021 WASSCE.
Teachers are employed as invigilators in their various schools, some of these teachers engage in examination malpractice by providing answers for their students, some teachers have been caught in the previous years and sanctioned but the issue of examination malpractice keep recycling each examination year, lasting solution to examination malpractice will be the use of Computer based examination.
Heads of Senior High Schools and students who excelled in the WASSCE examination are awarded by the Ministry of Education whilst schools that perform poorly are called to the Director General's office to answer questions on why their students failed in the examination. Schools that performed creditably get the bragging right as the best school, this competitions among schools has contributed to examination malpractice, schools competing to be on top of WASSCE ranking. Teachers deployed in their various schools as invigilators is also a contributing factor of examination malpractice, as the teachers want their students to pass.
Artificial intelligence installed in examination centers will eliminate examination malpractices, the AI is capable of determining foreign materials in the examination room, it will also monitor movement of students at the examination center. Security cameras will be installed in the various examination centers which will send live videos to the council on daily basis.
WAEC should practice taking invigilators from different schools to avoid teachers invigilating their own students, leakages of examination question papers and examination malpractice has rendered WASSCE certificate inferior to external certificates like, GCE 'A' and 'O' Level. The Council have a reputation to protect and redeem their image, the deployment of artificial intelligence will help to curb the corrupt practices at the various examination centers.
Artificial Intelligence can track the performance of students in exams and quizzes and then it can provide teachers with detailed analytics of individual students' performance and the performance of the batch as a whole. This makes learning easier for students and also decreases the burden on teachers.
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