ZIMSEC @ 20: How far we have come
THE Examiner this week continues to take a look at the road which the Examinations Council has walked in the last twenty year. Interim Director in November 1995.
There was also collaboration with CXC, Uganda and Tanzania.
The countries offered Advanced Level and ZIMSEC visited the countries and brought experts from there as well for advice.
The process of localisation started in April 2000 and by November 2002 the first ZIMSEC A-Level Examination was written. A-Level was fully localised in 2003. Standards
Educational standards reflect the perceptions of society at large at any given time.
Unfortunately, the results given by any Examinations Board tend to be tainted by a number of occurrences associated with the particular examination.
ZIMSEC has remained alert to such happenings and many measures have been put in place throughout our examination processes so as to safeguard our integrity
ZIMSEC certificates remain popular throughout the world as the following will illustrate:
Over 200 confirmations of ZIMSEC results are made to various institutions every month with the figure doubling or even trebling during September, October and November when institutions overseas commence their academic year
Average of 10 confirmations of results are made every week with prospective employers within the country and the region Marking
ZIMSEC now has a complement of 15 000 trained examiners
Marking has migrated through the home based model to centralised marking and now e-Marking for some components
Examiners undergo a week long training and they are assessed and graded every marking session(QA)
Not every trained examiner is appointed to mark examination scripts(QA)
Before any marking session, examiners go through a National Standardisation Meeting(QA)
All examiners are graded during and after the course of the marking (QA)
Notes adapted from “Examinations Process- Before and After Localisation “by Mrs E C Machingaidze, Assistant Director for Test Development Research And Evaluation.
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