The SOS Children Village Kumasi (SOS CV Kumasi) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) organized a two-day training workshop for Circuit Supervisors, Head Teachers and Teachers within the Asokore-Mampong Municipal in the Ashanti region. Over 50 participants were drawn from schools such as Asokore-Mampong R/C Primary/JHS school, Parkoso R/C Primary/JHS, Garden City Special School and Asokore-Mampong M/A Primary/JHS.
The aim of the workshop was to upgrade and equip the participants’ knowledge and skills on School Based Assessment (SBA) and Test Construction Technique (TCT). The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Emmanuel Techie and Mr. Okoi Larbie, Staff Development Officers from the Accra Metro Education Office.
Mr. Techie who took the participants through SBA underscored the importance of assessment in the students’ development. He said feedback on exercises and tests help students in developing their thinking skills, improves their numeracy and literacy skills, shapes their formal presentation skills as well as improves their problem-solving skills.
Mr. Techie said Student Progress Report is an important document and needs to be kept safe. He noted that it helps teachers with the profile and track the performance of students. Taking the participants through TCT, Mr. Larbie noted that test construction was very important in teaching and learning. Hence it needs to be constructed in a clear, concise and precise manner.
He urged the participants to thoroughly peruse all examination question papers from District Education offices, Regional Education before issuing them out to students to ensure the questions are devoid of errors and ambiguities.
Programme Director of SOS CV Kumasi, Mr. Bernard Kwadjo Amoako, in his remarks said the recent complaint that some of the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) questions were set outside the syllabus was a wake-up call for stakeholders of education to adopt modern techniques in teaching to holistically develop students.
The workshop was spearheaded by the SOS CV Kumasi under its Quality Education Now (QEN) project which seeks to address challenges experienced by some public schools in the local communities such as inadequate training of teachers, poor management of available funds, inadequate monitoring and supervision, dysfunctional school management committees, poor funding of some basic education by government among others.
So far QEN has successfully reached out to about 26,000 children, covering a total of 74 basic schools and 465 teachers.