African experts under the banner of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa, AEAA have ended their five days annual conference in Yaoundé. The 27th annual conference that ran from Monday the 24-28 of August at the Yaoundé Conference Centre was hosted by the Cameroon General Certificate of Education, GCE Board and placed under the patronage of the Cameroon's Ministry of Secondary Education.
The theme of the conference was "Education Assessment and Quality Assurance in a Multicultural Society." Discussions during the conference were focused on control mechanisms in public examinations; examination analysis for improving the management of public examinations; assessment perspectives in multicultural settings; examination crisis and management; e-learning, educational assessment and ICTs; and examinations management in the multicultural society .
Opening the conference in Yaoundé, the minister of Secondary Education, Louis Bapes Bapes, said succeeding in an exam through fraud is moulding up corruption in the candidate. He added that at a time when political leaders are fighting corruption, he is very convinced that the exchanges by the experts will suggest ways of eliminating examination malpractices amongst candidates.
According to Minister Louis Bapes Bapes, if quality education is given to candidates, they will, in turn build up skills that can be useful in the job market. The minister told the delegates at the conference that Cameroon is constantly in search of quality even in the field of education; hence the theme of the conference according to him is very timely.
The experts equally brainstormed on e-marking and quality control in examinations; assessment and national cohesion; curriculum evaluation and national realities; assessment tools and practices across examination bodies; translation and testing in a multicultural society.
By NDI Eugene NDI