WAEC embarks on educational assessment in African countries

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The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Ghana, would host this year?s 33rd Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA).

SchoolThe conference scheduled to take place from August 24 to August 28 in Accra provides a forum for innovative and research based ideas on examination and assessment by scholars and practitioners from Africa and other parts of the world.

About 300 participants from Western, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa, Europe and America would be participating in the conference on the theme: ?Quality Assurance in Educational Assessment in an Era of Rapid Change.?

Seven three papers on the sub-themes would be presented at the conference.

Reverend Sam Nii Nmai Ollennu, Head of National Office, WAEC Ghana said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Accra.

He explained that AEAA is an NGO established to promote cooperation amongst examining and assessment bodies in Africa, adding that the hosting of the conference rotates between member countries yearly.

WAEC is a member of five West African countries comprising Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Gambia.

Rev Ollennu noted that for quality assurance to be achieved there is the need to explore how to combat threats to the integrity of examinations, especially in an era of rapid change driven by technology and globalisation.

He said one of the sub-themes: ?Combating threats to the integrity of examinations,? is critical because, it re-enforces the Council?s commitment to put in place effective structures to maintain the integrity of its examinations.

Rev Ollennu emphasised that the Council would not shield any staff found culpable of irregularity that mars the reputation of the Council.

He said addressing examination threats involved a collaborative effort and appealed to stakeholders to come on board to effectively resolve these menace.

Dr Iyi Uwadiae, Registrar to Council for WAEC, said the Council would continue to uphold its tenet of excellence to ensure that examinations are conducted professionally.

He noted that Council had sponsored its staff to participate international conferences to learn and share experiences for the best practices in dealing with examinations challenges.

Source : GNA /newsghana.com.gh

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