On 29th September 2015, the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) officially launched the Grade 9 Examination Syllabus also known as the Assessment Schemes. During the same occasion, the ECz also launched the Guidelines for the Administration and Management of Examinations. The event which was held at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka was graced by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of General Education- Mr Chishimba Nkosha.
This is the first time since the Council’s establishment in 1983 that an Assessment Scheme or Examination Syllabus has been developed by the ECZ. Suffice to state that the Grade 7 and 12 Assessment Schemes have also been developed and were undergoing editing before they were made available to the public in 2016.
An Assessment Scheme is a document that explains the design of examinations, tests and any other modes of assessment to be used on a teaching syllabus. It covers the Teaching and Learning Syllabus such as the assessment objectives, the format of examination, the type (s) of assessment to be carried out, how the examination is specified in terms of its length, coverage and structure, the approach to and marking an aggregation, how students’ responses will be scored and the criteria that will be applied and when the examination will be conducted.
On the other hand, the Guidelines for the Administration and Management of Examinations in Zambia is a document which provides elaborate guidelines on the proper conduct and management of examination. Conducting examination of acceptable standard require standard guidelines that would ensure similar and comparable practices throughout the country. It is therefore, a requirement that all stakeholders adhere to the standards that are stipulated in the revised Guidelines to ensure integrity, quality and validity of the examinations conducted by the ECZ.
Pursuant to its mandate enshrined in the ECZ Act, Chapter 137 of the Laws of Zambia, the ECZ moved to develop the Grade 9 Assessment Schemes in 2014, through a heavily consultative process, following the roll out of the revised Curriculum by the Ministry of General Education.
The publication of the Examinations Syllabi, Specimen Papers and Past Examination Question Papers have been implemented through a Private Public Partnership arrangement between the ECZ and Book World Africa. Through the agreement, the ECZ develops while Book World Africa publishes the materials and sells them through their outlets in all parts of the country.
The Examination Syllabus will make teaching and learning easier and enhance the preparedness of candidates for examinations. It should be noted that the Examination Syllabus does not replace the Teaching Syllabus but contributes towards the improvement of the quality of assessments, examinations and learners performance.
The Grade 9 Examination Syllabus is available in all Book World Africa outlets countrywide. You are advised to rush to the Book World outlet and grab a copy of the Grade 9 Examination Syllabus now.