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Title:Pupil assessment techniques in Zimbabwe's secondary schools (1984-1987)
Author:Zindi, F.
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:academic achievement
secondary education
Evaluation techniques
Abstract:The announcement of poor 'O' level examination results in 1984 made Zimbabwean educators painfully aware of problems in secondary schools. One such problem is the teacher's assessment of a pupil's performance. Aim of this paper is to determine current assessment practices among teachers and school and department heads, their attitudes toward assessment alternatives, and the impact of staff training in pupil assessment. It discusses the results of a study centred around the following questions: 1) To what extent does the existing assessment practice in Zimbabwe's secondary schools satisfy the objectives of the present school curriculum and the government's declared policy of socialism? 2) Can psychometric methods of assessing pupils which are recommended as good practice in Western countries be equally applied in Zimbabwe and meet the relevant needs of the country? 3) What are the teachers' attitudes towards the use of such (psychometric) methods in Zimbabwe? 4) What alternatives, if any, can be suggested in order to develop better assessment techniques in secondary schools? The main conclusion is that training in assessment should be included as part of the compulsory syllabus in all teacher-training institutions. Bibliogr., sum.