The Lagos state government has introduced the use of digital answer sheets in its public and approved private schools to stamp out various forms of examination malpractices in the state.

With this new system, it means students will no longer be required to use the traditional paper mode where they had to manually write on their names, examination numbers and other codes.

The digital answer sheets have students details including passports, names and examination code pre-inscibed on the digital sheet to prevent swapping of examination sheets and impersonation

The new system has been tested in 200 schools across 20 local governments in Lagos state which proved a success.

According to Oluwafemi Hassan, the Director Lagos State Examinations Board, “This  is a Basic Education Certificate Exam for public and approved private junior secondary schools in the state which have students passing out of JSS 3. It is the minimum certificate a Nigerian child should have in line with the basic education policy. Because of the importance of this exam, the board has put in its best to make the conduct successful. An attempt to stamp out exam malpractice at this level of education necessitated the digital theory answer sheet.

“We have already done the digitisation of the objective answer sheet; that has been a success, so we are moving forward. The digital theory answer sheet, which is first of its kind in Africa, is a departure from the analog because with the analog the students had to write their names and bio data manually. With the digital, the bio data has been pre-written, the picture has been embossed and exam numbers are also on every sheet. This is so that swapping of answer sheets cannot be done.

Also, forensic analysis can be carried out where the need arises. Their passport photographs also help with identifying scripts to stamp out issues of missing scripts. Changing of exam class to copy each other, as well as impersonation, have been stamped out through this process,” Hassan said.

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