By Florence Ebebe, News Editor
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Wednesday 22 March, 2023 launched the EDUSTAT, a new technology driven data analysing tool.
The educational statistics platform, essentially provides researchers and other stakeholders the needed smart intelligence to enable them make the right and quick decision.
Speaking at the well attended event held at its headquarters in Lagos, WAEC’s Head of National Office in Nigeria, Mr. Patrick E. Areghan said:
“I am delighted to welcome you all to the official launch of our new Educational Statistics (EDUSTAT) platform, a platform designed to ease access to quality data and insights in the educational sector. This innovation was done to take the edge off the manual access to data by stakeholders, improve the quality of service delivery and generate more revenue for the Council. WAEC Nigeria again leverages technology, detailed data analysis and insights, to establish itself as a leading light in the educational sector and a future brand by introducing this Educational Statistical Platform.
“As you all know, the new world is smarter and more instant. The access to statistical data analysis, its collation, interpretation and presentation cannot be different. Businesses and organizations alike need every edge and advantage they can get to improve service delivery, thanks to the rapidly changing markets, economic uncertainties, shifting political landscape, customer-focus, and even the global Pandemic, which have made statistical analysis more sought-after by researchers, for fact analysis and findings.
Areghan reiterated that, “the West African Examinations Council is committed to its mission of remaining Africa’s foremost examining body, providing qualitative and reliable educational assessment, encouraging academic and moral excellence, and promoting sustainable human resource development and international cooperation. In meeting the growing global demands for corporate organisations, sometimes, it takes just one individual to come up with an innovative approach that gives the organisation competitive edge. Still, more often than not, it requires the collaboration of various teams and the combination of many different data sources.”
He went on to explain that, “as an examining body that has survived the centrifugal forces of the colonial era and remains the foremost examining body in the West African Sub-region, with a vast and rich database, it has become expedient to completely migrate from the manual way of interpreting data to a more sophisticated and advanced mode of data interpretation through technology.”
Areghan stressed that EDUSTAT, is an innovative educational statistics platform designed to leverage WAEC’s comprehensive and reliable database of over 50 million candidates who have been tested over the years.
“This platform results from years of research, development, and collaboration, and we are confident that it will revolutionize how data is accessed.
“This new platform seeks to change views about data analysis by providing users with easy-to-use tools to analyze and visualize data. It offers a wide range of features that will benefit our users. For Government agencies, it provides detailed statistics on student enrollment, graduation rates, and academic performance at various levels of government. This information will help policy makers make data-driven decisions about education policy, funding, and program design,” he added.
Giving assurances on the platforms security, he stated that, “the West African Examinations Council recognizes the importance of data privacy and security. It has ensured that the platform is built with the highest standards of data protection in mind, ensuring that all data are kept confidential and secure at all times. We are optimistic that our new educational statistics platform will be a game-changer for educators and students.”
“WAEC is proud to be at the forefront of this new era of educational technology and we are excited to see the positive impact it will have on the lives of students across the globe. ”
He urged users of WAEC EDUSTAT to log on to www.waec.edustat.ng to sign up, select parameters, select their preferred method of report generation, make payments, download and use the content for personal / official purpose.
He expressed gratitude to the Registrar of the Council for his support and thanked their technical partners, SIDMACH Technologies Nig Ltd, and the EDUSTAT Committee, for their commitment in making the project a reality.