Hanse-Himarwa demand consistency in exam marking

26 Oct 2016 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 OCT (NAMPA) – Markers should be consistent in the grading of question papers, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said here on Wednesday.
Hanse-Himarwa was speaking at the start of the marking of Grade 10 and 12 national examination answer papers at the Windhoek Showgrounds.
More than 500 teachers from across the country will mark the papers over the next few weeks.
She said the marking exercise should be transparent, fair and effective.
“It is in line with this that I appeal to all markers to ensure that all answer scripts be treated with the same attention, commitment and confidentiality,” the minister said.
She said a fair marking process will enhance the quality, credibility and authenticity of the examination results.
Hanse-Himarwa asked the markers to look out for cases of malpractice.
“It has the potential of tarnishing the credibility of the examinations.”
The examinations started on 26 September and are scheduled to end early November.
Statistics provided by the ministry show that 38 457 full-time and 11 735 part-time Grade 10 candidates are writing examinations at 850 examination centres across the country this year.
This represents a 20 per cent increase from last year's 37 457 full-time and 11 532 candidates who sat for the examinations in 2015.
The ministry also revealed that 21 104 full-time and 30 061 part-time Ordinary Level and 14 336 full-time Higher Level Grade 12 candidates are writing examinations this year.
Last year, 20 301 full-time and 27 531 part-time candidates sat for the Ordinary Level examinations, while 13 172 full-time Higher Level candidates wrote examinations.
Hearing and visually impaired Grade 10 candidates sitting for this year’s examinations are 55, of which 33 are from the Oshana Region and 22 from Khomas.