Sunday March 30 2014

Ministry should adopt continuous assessment of students

By Leonard Kakinda

Uganda’s examination system for primary and secondary schools is out dated and should be overhauled.
Learners at both levels are taught for many years – seven in primary, four in O-Level and two in A-Level and yet they are examined for only a few days.

This means their academic competence is measured by what they are able to write in those few examination days.
The result is that teachers take a lot of time training students to pass exams so that their schools can be ranked among the best in the country. But this comes at a cost of failing to develop students’ other abilities like practical skills in different areas, life skills, talents and moral values.

I suggest that the ministry of Education works with the examinations board (Uneb) to introduce continuous assessment mode of exams.
They should work with the teachers in schools to include a percentage of what is examined during the course of study in the students’ final results. Students should keep their answer sheets and test papers which can always be referred to in case there is doubt.

The ministry can also introduce aptitude tests to examine different areas in the course or subjects that a student wishes to take.
I am a beneficiary of that type of education and I am very proud of the knowledge and skills and values that I learnt from such a system.