David Njengere, the CEO of the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC), has been appointed president of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA).
Taking over from Patrick Areghan, who concurrently serves as the CEO of the West African Examinations Council in Nigeria, Dr. Njengere’s presidency will span a duration of one year.
His appointment as president of the AEAA was formalized at the conclusion of the 39th annual AEAA conference held on a Friday.
Njengere’s earlier responsibilities included serving as the vice president of the AEAA and advising the cabinet secretary of the Ministry of Education on educational matters. In this capacity, he offered expertise on curriculum reforms and contributed to the formulation and execution of effective strategies for their implementation.
Dr. Njengere provided critical technical support to institutions such as the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, the Kenya National Examinations Council, the Teachers Service Commission, and Quality Assurance, all involved in curriculum reform efforts.
Dr. Njengere’s career in education commenced in 1990 as an English teacher at Moi Girls, Mandera, and Nkuene Secondary Schools, a role he fulfilled until 1999. Subsequently, he progressed professionally, becoming the inaugural director of the speech communication disorders section at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
His advancement continued, leading to his position as Deputy Director of Test Development at KNEC. In this capacity, he played a pivotal role in orchestrating the creation of primary and secondary teacher education and special needs examinations.
His academic journey includes a Bachelor of Education in English and Literature and a Master of Philosophy in English, both conferred by Moi University.
In 2015, he attained a doctorate in education from the same institution and was awarded a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship in Education Policy and Planning, Curriculum, and Research.
The AEAA conference, themed “Educational Assessment for Nurturing Every Learner’s Potential,” was organized by the Kenya National Examination Council in collaboration with various sponsors, including Stephen Austin, UNICEF, Educate, Ellams, KICD, Cooperative Bank, and Safaricom.
The 40th AEAA Annual Conference is scheduled for August 19–23, 2024, in Cape Town, South Africa.