As­so­ci­a­tion for Ed­u­ca­tional As­sess­ment in Africa (AEAA)An­nual Con­fer­ence 2016

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

THE Zim­babwe School Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (ZIM­SEC) is the proud host of the 34th As­so­ci­a­tion for Ed­u­ca­tional As­sess­ment in Africa (AEAA) An­nual con­fer­ence 2016 which is un­der­way in Vic­to­ria Falls. Af­ter suc­cess­fully host­ing the South­ern Africa As­so­ci­a­tion for Ed­u­ca­tion As­sess­ment (SAAEA) an­nual con­fer­ence in 2015, we are ex­cited to have hosted the whole of Africa in the re­sort town from Mon­day to to­day.

The AEAA is a non-profit mak­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion es­tab­lished to pro­mote co-op­er­a­tion among ex­am­in­ing and as­sess­ment boards and or­gan­i­sa­tions in Africa. The AEAA was es­tab­lished fol­low­ing the in­cor­po­ra­tion of other African states into what was known as the sub­re­gional Con­fer­ence for Heads of In­sti­tu­tions re­spon­si­ble for Ed­u­ca­tional As­sess­ment in East­ern and South­ern Africa (AEBESA) whose found­ing mem­bers were Kenya, Uganda, Tan­za­nia, Botswana, Le­sotho and Malawi. This change from AEBESA to AEAA took place in Arusha, Tan­za­nia in the year 1992.

The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of this event was to ad­dress and ex­plore the strate­gic ar­eas and knowl­edge for im­prov­ing qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion. It is ded­i­cated to­wards to pro­vide a fo­rum for dis­cussing ideas and is­sues in as­sess­ment ed­u­ca­tion. Ed­u­ca­tors, ad­min­is­tra­tors, re­searchers, and stu­dents share their ex­pe­ri­ences, ex­per­tise, and in­no­va­tions re­gard­ing teach­ing and learn­ing about prac­tices for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

To get a clearer pic­ture of why the con­fer­ences are so vital, we may need to elab­o­rate on the terms. Ac­cord­ing to some schol­ars “As­sess­ment is es­sen­tial not only to guide the de­vel­op­ment of in­di­vid­ual stu­dents but also to mon­i­tor and con­tin­u­ously im­prove the qual­ity of pro­grams, in­form prospec­tive stu­dents and their par­ents, and pro­vide ev­i­dence of ac­count­abil­ity to those who pay our way.”

That is to say, “Ed­u­ca­tional as­sess­ment seeks to de­ter­mine how well stu­dents are learn­ing and is an in­te­gral part of the quest for im­proved ed­u­ca­tion. It pro­vides feed­back to stu­dents, ed­u­ca­tors, par­ents, pol­icy mak­ers, and the pub­lic about the ef­fec­tive­ness

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.