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Title:Objective testing and the improvement of secondary education in West Africa: a practical proposal
Author:Fiks, A.I.
Periodical:West African Journal of Education
Geographic terms:English-speaking Africa
West Africa
Abstract:This is an analysis of a method whereby the results of the objective papers contained in the yearly School Certificate/General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examinations can, in the short term, be used as feedback information to improve classroom education within the existing framework of Nigeria, Ghana, and other West African countries. This paper contains a three-phase proposal to make full use of yearly objective test results. The mechanism to do this is a reporting back of the relative incidence of correct answers on each syllabus topic and each subject matter so that classroom instruction of weak topics or subjects can be improved the succeding year. That is the crux of the proposal. Repeated use of such test feedback data, year after year, will have the effect of gradually improving the educational quality in all the schools of a country. Notes, tables.