By Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
The education department is embarking on a move to review the examination system used by schools in the country.
Education Department Acting Secretary, Dr. Uke Kombra, says the examination system review is a first of its kind in over 40 years.
Last year, the education department attracted a lot of negative criticism over allegations of cheating.
The independent team comprises former education department professionals who will make recommendations to improve examination processes
Though exams for Grades Eight and 10 have been phased out in the starting this year, the Acting Secretary Kombra says it will still remain in schools’ syllabuses as a means of identifying student academic qualities.
“Examinations are very important for every child that goes through the school system because it is a system that is there to ensure quality of our education is tested to ensure which schools and provinces are either doing well or not, it’s a quality assurance process”, Dr. Kombra said.
Over 40 years, the education department has used examination processes to identify the quality of its services.
But in recent times, the education department gradually removed levels exams following changes in education policies.
The reintroduced standard based curriculum will not include assessmen’s on Grade Eight and 10 exams, but instead aims to identify the quality of the education system.