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TEVETA up-skills examiners/ assessors to improve quality of assessments
January 5, 2021 at 13:52

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TEVETA has provided capacity building more than 130 examiners and assessors from different training institutions across the country. Officiating at the capacity building workshop, Director Assessment and Certification Ocean Matimba who represented the TEVETA Director General said “we value your support in the providing your services in preparing examinations and assessment papers. Allow me to remind you that you are very critical stakeholder in the conduct and administration of TEVET examinations and assessments.”

Mr. Takaiza said capacity building was one of the series of interventions aimed at ensuring the TEVET sector meets skills requirements of the country in an efficient, effective and sustainable manner to the growth of the country. “In our 2021 – 2026 Strategic Plan, enhancing assessments and examinations processes through capacity building for assessors and examiners are prioritised to strengthen assessment and examination administration for the country to have adequate and relevant skilled workforce to meet national aspirations.”

Examinations and assessments were required to move with time to ensure learning outcomes reflect what industry needs in the skilled persons entering the world of work. The capacity building activity taking place today was aimed at ensuring both practical assessment and examinations were continuously realigned to industry needs and in line with national aspirations to develop skilled workforce that meet national development goals.

”Capacity building is among the steps aimed at gathering pace in enhancing TEVET’s contribution to the effective achievement of the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), Vision 2030, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other developmental targets through effective, efficient and sustainable skills development,” said Mr. Takaiza.

 It was envisaged that such capacity building activities augments curriculum reviews, quality assurance and financing efforts meant to align TEVET to industry and national skills needs and ensure the country remains a competitive investment destination with quality and adequate skilled human resource, which was a vital component in attracting investment. The capacity building will also lead to improved relevance of TEVET to the labour market.

Globally, technical and vocational education and training has been identified as one of the important sectors to support economic growth and poverty alleviation, improve the productivity, wealth and job creation using hands-on and entrepreneurial skills. Technical and vocational education and training was also key in the development green skills to help meet sustainable development goals and promote social inclusion.

Technical and vocational education and training system creates links between training and the world of work by continuously building capacity among trainers and assessors. The system was increasingly creating valuable lifelong learning pillars adaptable to the needs of different communities’ social and economic situations. National aspirations such as those on employment creation and overall growth of the economy in all sectors should be mirrored in TEVET system by consistently aligning it to those ambitions. Capacity building activities such as this were vital in aligning practical assessments and examinations in line with the evolution of occupations and jobs, and recognising learning happening in the informal and formal sectors.