More than 50, 000 distance and full-time learners have sat for grade 10 examinations this year, a ministry of education official confirmed to The Villager yesterday.
Speaking at the opening of the 2017 examination marking, the minister of education Katrina Hanse-Himarwa encouraged the new markers to enrich themselves with new skills during the marking session to pass on the experience to their learners.
“Do not be afraid but be encouraged to tap into the rich source of expertise within your respective subject fields. Enrich yourself but also remember to pour into your learners when you return to your schools and share new insights gained so that we have more students sitting for grade 10 examinations by next year,” she said.
She further encouraged markers to stay focus saying that the mission embarked upon the opening day should leave a mark of excellence to be able to meet the prime objective of producing authentic and reliable results for the grade 10 and 12 this year.
She said, “Your willingness in accepting the job should be more than a mere Yes. It should be coupled with dedication and drive to work hard to achieve a common goal in a big group like this one.”
Hanse-Himarwa further pleaded that markers employ their minds during the marking sessions as the outcome determines the future of many learners.
“The concept of efficiency, effectiveness, credibility, validity and reliability plays a central role during this exercise of marking and are used as the key driving concepts in achieving dependable outcomes of the examination,” she noted.
She dded that, as part of the marking, all markers are required to undergo training before the marking session.
According to the Minister, the training will focus on ensuring that teachers understand the knowledge and skills demanded by various questions.
“Although the training is planned for the first two days, it is supported by the continuous monitoring by chief markers and team leaders throughout the marking process,” she said.
She further stressed that each candidate deserves a fair chance that will determine his/her fate and therefore measures should be put in place to ensure consistency throughout the marking process.