Zambia to introduce continuous assessment system to track performance of pupils in schools

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The Zambian government said on Tuesday that it intends to introduce a continuous assessment system in schools aimed at tracking the performance of pupils in order to ease challenges they may be facing.

David Mabumba, Minister of General Education said his ministry will explore the possibility of continuous assessment of pupils through tests that will be accumulating to form a certain percentage of the total marks in each subject.

In remarks delivered during an interactive meeting with pupils, parents and teachers in northwestern Zambia’s Mufumbwe district, the Zambian minister said assessments for primary learners will start in grade five before they write their primary leaving examinations in grade seven while the assessment for junior secondary school learners will start immediately they pass to junior secondary school.

He added that the assessment for senior secondary school pupils will start two years before they write their final examinations, adding that the system was also aimed at reducing high incidences of examination malpractices as pupils will be adequately prepared, according to state-run news agency, the Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS).

Meanwhile, an official from the examination’s body said the continuous assessment will be implemented using an already established electronic candidate registration system.

Edward Songa, Senior Education Specialist at the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) said a team of experts from the examination’s body was currently going around the country sensitizing teachers on some specifics involved in the implementation of the continuous assessment system. Enditem

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