The Head of National Office (HNO), West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mr. Patrick Areghan, says the launch of EDUSTAT would help to reduce stakeholders’ problem of accessing the WAEC database.
At the recent unveiling of EDUSTAT, Areghan described the new platform as a game-changer meant to provide stakeholders with secure, quality data.
The HNO revealed that WAEC has the most extensive database with over N50 million candidates who have been tested over the years.
He acknowledged that, for many stakeholders, lack of quality data has led to inconsistencies and multiple data copies in education, stating, “For others, incorrect data and the absence of analytics have led to false facts, resulting in bad decision-making and loss of revenue, in some cases.’’
Areghan said the new product, EDUSTAT, was borne out of the desire to provide stakeholders, such as researchers, funding agencies, government institutions, school administrators and parents with a reliable platform to provide educational insights collected from multiple sources and delivered in simplified graphs, summaries, and dashboards, which help enhance their decisions.
He described EDUSTAT as an innovative educational statistics platform designed to leverage WAEC’s comprehensive and reliable database, adding, “this platform results from years of research, development, and collaboration, and we are confident that it will revolutionize how data is accessed.”
His words: “It offers a wide range of features that will benefit our users.
Government, agencies provide detailed statistics on student enrollment, graduation rates, and academic performance at various levels of government. This information will help policymakers make data-driven decisions about education policy, funding, and program design.
“For schools, the platform offers student-level data on academic performance, attendance, and demographic information. This data can be used to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses within the school and informed decisions about how to improve student outcomes.
“Institutions such as universities and colleges can also benefit from the platform by accessing data on enrollment and academic performance of their students. This information can be used to identify areas where additional resources are needed to support students and improve overall performance.”
The WAEC boss said the platform would provide researchers with a comprehensive and intuitive way to track and analyze educational statistics and it is designed to be accessible to educators at all levels, from classroom teachers to school administrators and policymakers.
According to him, with the platform, schools can easily track student progress, identify areas of weakness, and make data-driven decisions to improve outcomes for all students.