National examination marking session opened

14 Oct 2015 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 14 OCT (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture officially opened the 2015 national examination marking session for the Grade 10 and Grade 12 examinations in the capital on Wednesday.
The marking session, which commenced on 28 September, will end on 30 November 2015.
In total, 46 346 Grade 10 and 42 855 Grade 12 candidates sat for this year's Grade 10 and 12 national examinations.
Officially opening the national examination marking session, Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa urged the markers – teachers from various regions - to ensure that marks given to both full-time and part-time learners represent their level of performance.
She said maintaining criterion-related examination standards is challenging as examinations vary in difficulty, while learners examined vary in ability.
The minister said another challenge that the markers might face is the application of marking criteria. She called on the markers to familiarise themselves with the marking criteria used in the marking of specific subjects.
The criteria is helpful, Hanse-Himarwa said, as it helps the marker to critically analyse and describe the learner's response to complex questions and determine the learner's level of proficiency.
“The application of the marking criteria should be done analytically and holistically. As a marker, you should be able to identify good solutions and the overall quality of the answers before you award a mark and also consider the learner's strength and weakness in answering questions,” she stressed.
Hanse-Himarwa explained that if markers are not able to use the criteria effectively to judge learners’ answers, then the marking exercise will become unclear with incorrect answers being marked as meeting or exceeding standards, while this should not be the case.
She said markers should also consider the learner's positive achievement in the analysis of questions and the level of answers given.
The Grade 10 and Grade 12 higher level results are released before Christmas every year, while the Grade 12 ordinary level results are released mid-January.