Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang has urged the Kenya National Examiners to capitalize on the 39th Annual Conference for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA) as a platform for seeking solutions to learner assessment challenges.
During the inaugural session of the conference on Monday, Ps Kipsang emphasized the need for examiners to establish a robust research hub that can drive advancements in teaching, learning, and assessment across educational institutions.
Kipsang challenged the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC), encouraging them to make the most of their role as conference hosts by critically examining the weaknesses in educational assessment within Kenya and the broader African context.
He emphasized that this introspection would facilitate the development of appropriate solutions to the existing hurdles in evaluating learners’ progress.
Running under the theme ‘Educational Assessment for Nurturing Every Learner’s Potential,’ the conference is scheduled to take place between August 21 to 25.
Kipsang underscored the pivotal role of assessment as a foundation in teaching and learning. He encouraged the examiners to use this opportunity to exchange best practices in educational assessment.
“I wish to take this opportunity to commend the Kenya National Examinations Council for the timely hosting of this conference in Kenya as we transit to the CBC curriculum and assure KNEC and the entire delegates from Africa that the Ministry of Education will support the good resolutions that will come out this one-week conference,” Kipsang stated.
The PS urged the participants to generate pragmatic solutions, underscoring that resolving African challenges doesn’t necessarily require external expertise.
“As we gather here this week, we must ask ourselves whether the educational assessment in Africa is giving us the desired results and spurs economic growth,” Kipsang commented.
He admired the attendees’ extensive professional backgrounds, highlighting their capability to diagnose the issues afflicting educational assessment and recommend context-specific remedies.