Wednesday, 15 February 2017

National education assessment

Minister of state for federal education, Engr. Baleeg ur Rehman has said that this government has taken essential measures so that importance of education assessment could be more enhanced.
Minister was addressing the certificate distribution ceremony of national educational assessment system. He said that government understands the importance of these assessments especially when there is a question of learning capabilities. He added that this assessment is necessary for providing basic data to policy makers so that they could shape their recommendations in the light of these findings.

He further said that NEAS could not perform its function after 2008 but in 2014 our government directed it to conduct national education assessment and now we are in the second cycle of this process. He said that ministry of federal education and professional training is committed to support NEAS to perform its task of 2016. He briefed that this year; we have increased the sample size for education assessment as now there will be 30,000 students while in the previous year, there were 1200.

He also added that NEAS has also been directed to include school under BECS, NCHD and of private sector in 2016 assessment which will eventually help the government to know the quality of education in country. The government has already released the budget for this assessment exercise and is doing this exercise without any support of international donor and partners.

The National steering committee that works under the ministry of federal education and secretary chaired its meeting, will decide the subjects and grade for this year’s assessment.

They minister said that to raise the standards to global level, govt. has decided to participate in trend of science study and international math in 2019. According to him, this will enable the government to know country’s standing as compared to different developed nations.

He called this a healthy activity with 100 % participation rate. He hoped that skills established here would help to shape the effective training of 3300 test administrators in different provinces and regions. After the speech, minister distributed the certificates among candidates; he also praised the work of director NEAS and his team to organize the event.

This excise must be done not only on federal level but on district and provincial level. The education assessment is necessary especially on higher education level so that the universities productivity could be analyzed.

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Other factor is the quality is doing the assessment exercise; the federal authorities should not depend upon the number that the participants will provide. The central management has to manage the task at various levels. Without assessment improvement can’t be planned so this exercise is the need of the hour.

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