Assessment: AEAA Wants Exam Bodies To Embrace ICT Innovative Approach

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……………Commend WAEC, Nigeria for successful hosting

Examination bodies has been urged to embrace ICT based innovative approaches in their operations and assessment practice.

They were also urged to consider exploring, developing, adapting and or adopting various ICTs based solutions to promote meaningful teaching and learning, and enhance their integrity, efficiency and effectiveness.

This was stated in the communiqué issued at the 37th annual conference of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA) with the theme ‘ Innovations in Educational Assessment’ which was hosted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Nigeria at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja from 5th to 9th August 2019.

The participants also want AEAA to strengthen its capacity building programme to support the upcoming innovative approaches in member countries “Educators and Assessment experts should consider reviewing the current ways of teaching, learning and assessment to ensure that meaningful learning takes place to counter the scourge of examination malpractices.”

“Innovations in assessment and education should be driven by research findings. Therefore, education and assessment institutions must consider establishing well-resourced research units that will use appropriate methodologies, suitable statistical and qualitative analyses and provide information to support innovations,” it stated.

One of the keynote speakers,  Prof. Francisca Aladejana who spoke on Attribute Appraisal and the Imperative of Policy Development for Innovative Educational Assessment  said there is the need for Innovation in Educational Assessment, Educational Assessment Practices that make Innovation Imperative in Nigerian Schools and Implication for Policy Making and Innovation. 

She stressed the need to focus on new ways in which assessment can be creative, performance based and capacity building for teachers.

The second keynote address, titled Innovation in Educational Assessment: A Case Study of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) of Nigeria was presented by Prof. Is-haq Olarewaju Oloyede outlined that the purpose of innovation is to enhance efficiency and that everyone must not be satisfied with the status quo, but must be engaged in revolutionary innovations.  

He also outlined the transition of JAMB from paper and pencil test to CBT was to achieve more efficiency and to counter the scourge of examination malpractices.  

Oloyede also added that biometrics; CCTVs in centres and central admission processing system were some of the devices being employed by JAMB to curb examination malpractices.

Prof. Redwood-Sawyerr,  the third keynote address  focused on the Impact of ICT on examination. He outlined various micro-technology devices available for sale online that candidates use to commit examination fraud. 

He recommended that examination bodies, administrators and assessment professionals need to be aware of the devices and devise new ways to counter them. He also recommended that educators must review the ways of teaching and assessment to counter the scourge of examination malpractices.

The fourth keynote address which was titled Innovations in Teaching and learning Oriented Practice was presented by Prof. Omaze Anthony Afemikhe, stressed that innovation should follow a process that should be understood by the Agency aspiring for its implementation and that all the people to drive the innovation must be trained. 

He also proposed that emphasis should be on how assessment could be used to improve learning.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, the outgoing President of AEAA, Dr. Litšabako Ntoi thanked all the members of the association saying it may seems like a very short tenure but some strides have been made through close consultations with colleagues in the AEAA Executive Committee.

“Productivity, they say, is never an accident but rather a result of commitment to excellence, intelligent planning and focused effort. Therefore, with this knowledge in mind, I undertook to carry forward the efforts that my predecessors had so diligently put in motion towards achieving certain goals of the association and in mind I had the concept of continuous improvement.”

In his acceptance speech the newly elected President of the association and Head of National Office, Mr. Olu  Adenipekun commended the founding fathers of the association for the election as the President, “through a seamless, time proven succession process, that has become an indelible hallmark bequeathed by the founding fathers to successive generations of this Association, is worthy of note and commendation.

“For the next one year it is my wish to clearly state the determination of the new Executive Committee of the Association to place the AEAA at the centre of Education for the African Child and to make an impact that will make the AEAA become a reference organisation in the area of Educational Assessment and testing. This will force an urgent review of the entire processes of teaching and learning.

“The AEAA will be ready to push harder, the need for a more determined effort to deploy Innovative Technologies and ideas to teaching, learning, testing and assessment. 

As we shall soon close the 37th Conference, and as we look forward to converging again at Mombasa, Kenya for the 38th Annual Conference, I wish you all safe trips to your various destinations.

In his closing remarks, the Honuorable Minister of Education represented by the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, …… re-emphasised that  it is in putting to use innovations in educational assessment that Africa can take its rightful position in the global educational ranking.

He commended the association’s efforts and commitment towards the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA), because this gesture has helped Africa and the world to commune in a confluence of innovative ideas that will enable easier integration of the “Innovations in Educational Assessment” into the academic system”

A total of 339 delegates from 28 countries across the globe attended the conference.

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