AIT creates system to curb exam leakage


The Accra Institute of Technology (AIT) has proposed an innovative technological system termed storage-to-terminal
technology (STT) to check examination leakage in the country and beyond.

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To the university, the recent WAEC, BECE brouhaha stirred officials to hatch and adopt the technological solutions used by some examination bodies to mitigate the threat of examination leakage.

Addressing the congregation at its eighth graduation ceremony in Accra recently, Professor Clement K. Dzidonu,
president of AIT, cited the technological solution used in South Africa-Gridlock Technology that enables printed examination question papers to be placed in sealed boxes with security codes remotely controlled from the command centre at the head office as the best way to go.

He added that the electronic boxes open simultaneously nationwide at a prescribed time and date of writing of an examination. According to Prof Dzidonu, the difference between that of WAEC and South Africa is,
?while the former physical padlocks, electronic codes are used and can only be activated remotely from headquarters
from in real time.?

He revealed that the STT system for examination leakage mitigation and elimination involves the storage of the electronic version of the examination questions in a question bank.

The AIT president added that ?on the day of a particular examination, minutes before the exams, a computer programme automatically generates the examination paper by randomly selecting questions from the question bank.

?The examination papers will be available electronically just minutes before the actual exams. Since questions are generated at a time of the examination by a computer, the questions can be randomised such that no two candidates in the same exam hall will get the same set of questions.?

He mentioned that the proposed STT system is one of the efforts the university is contributing to mitigate the malpractice at the national level. Admonishing the graduating students, he pointed out
that ?as you journey into the future, make sure you take on all the opportunities that your
education here offered you. Don?t wait for an opportunity to be equally shared before you
seize it, go with what you have.?

Close to 500 students graduated in programmes from Bachelor of Accounting, Master of Human Resource Management, BSc Information Technology, among others. The university currently offers accredited campus-based programmes in affiliation with the Kwame Nkrumah University and Science and Technology (KNUST).

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