Hanse-Himarwa asks exam markers to use the experience to improve their schools

26 Oct 2017 06:40am
WINDHOEK, 26 OCT (NAMPA) - There are teachers who have been marking national examinations for years and yet their schools are still not performing to expected standards, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa has said.
She was speaking at the Windhoek Show Grounds in Windhoek at the official opening of the 2017 Grade 10 and 12 National Examination Marking Session on Wednesday.
“You should use the marking experience and knowledge gained here to feed back into your teaching and work with other teachers in your schools who could not get a chance to come for the national examination marking,” she urged.
She added that the knowledge gained through marking is valuable in considering that the ministry is in the process of a major curriculum review, which will bring great changes to the examination system.
According to Hanse-Himarwa, the phasing out of the Grade 10 national examination and the introduction of a Grade 9 semi-national examination in 2018 are some of the planned changes.
The semi-national examination will be marked at school level.
“You are therefore challenged and also expected to mark this examination at the same standard using the marking strategies you have learned here,” the minister said.
She added that it is important that the markers, who were drawn from all corners of the country, get exposure and gain experience in standardised marking.
Hanse-Himarwa at the same time warned markers who might contemplate absconding after receiving the daily subsistence allowance that deductions will be made from their monthly salaries for the days they have absconded.