The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education says it intends to revive continuous assessment for public examination classes at the beginning of schools’ second term in May.
This was said on Friday by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Tumisang Thabela who also revealed that continuous assessment is not a new phenomenon but was limited to what used to be called practical subjects.
What is new is that the Ministry is opening it up to other learning areas rather than just limiting it to what we used to call practical subjects. She said:
Our target is to have it reintroduced in May when we come back from the break. So, we are trying to push to get the final stakeholder input and finalise. We are targeting May and we don’t know whether we will be able to get there because sometimes these things are delayed beyond your planning.
… We want to produce a child that can survive in any situation so we are producing skills as opposed to producing a child who can only cram. Before an exam, you would find someone stuffing themselves with information. Regurgitate what the teacher has been saying. What was done for over two years is dismissed over two hours? You [O’ Lvel & A’ Level pupils] are told that you are U or an A in two hours.
Thabela added that teachers have a role to be a fair judge of the child’s progress and will be assessing, collecting their marks and banking them somewhere so that the child is assessed even if they have to move to another school.
When the New Curriculum came into effect, pupils were supposed to be graded based on 40 per cent theoretical examinations, 30 per cent practical examinations and 30 per cent continuous assessment.