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Tests go tech: The age of paper is behind us

Western Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

Samson Abioye, an app developer predicts that the age of paper is behind us.PHOTOS: United Nations

This was after the Education Minister of Nigeria, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has expressed concern over poor results experienced in the recent past.

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“In my view the age of paper is over and I think in the future I will have to take my child to a museum to see a paper,” he sarcastically told CNBC Africa.

“We developed an application that helps candidates prepare for their examinations by taking mock tests. We believe that by taking several test practice, one will be able to do better with the application.”

He said, in the first year of launching the app, his organisation received over 160 thousand applications and currently they have over 500 thousand users.

“I was at university when I conducted a survey and realised that 75 per cent of candidates fail their examinations. We saw that the figures were so alarming and something needed to be done about it,” Abioye said.

He said there was evidence of effectiveness of the application being used.


“The first year we launched, we conducted a survey of 1,000 students that use our application and 60 per cent of the students passed the examination compared to the 75 per cent national failure rate.”

He said the region was seeing an increased use of electronic gadgets for instruction and examining students and this saw the use of computer based tests.

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Abioye says innovation like the one being used to improve the performance of students could be used in other critical sectors in a country like health.