Malawi Qualification Authority bill to improve quality of education

Blantyre, Government says the Malawi Qualification Authority bill which will be deliberated in the forthcoming parliamentary sitting will spearhead education assessment systems in Malawi and beyond.

The qualification bill, among others, will ensure harmonisation in administering, processing of examinations and also assessing different qualification standards.

Speaking earlier this week to Malawi News Agency (Mana) on this year’ eleventh Southern Africa Association for Educational Assessment (SAAEA) conference held in Mangochi, Former Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Dr Emmanuel Fabiano, said the bill will be one of the three pieces of legislation that will enhance the quality of education standards.

We are aware that the whole SADC Sub Region is pulling efforts together in order to link country-specific qualification frameworks into a sub-region qualifications framework. So there is need to develop the National Qualifications Framework which would make it possible for us to manage the many qualifications that have mushroomed with the advent of market liberalisation, he said.

Dr Fabiano further said the ministry is in the final stages of developing the bill which once enacted into law, will act as an umbrella body to monitor all the institutions that administer examinations and assess education qualifications.

Commenting on the development SAAEA Chairperson, Dr Michael Chilala, said the move will ensure that appropriate education system standards are reached and that examination results and qualifications are recognised not only in countries within SADC region but also globally.

Chairperson responsible for local organising committee, Gerald Chiunda, also shared similar sentiments that the qualification bill will help in complementing strategic plan and objective of SAAEA.

SAAEA brings together different countries beyond SADC region to share ideas that promote excellence in teaching and learning, addressing test administration challenges in examinations, grading systems in examinations, best practices for developing examinations among others.

This is the second time for Malawi through the Malawi National Examinational Boards to host the conference which is being held under the theme ‘Promoting Excellence in Assessment for Quality Education.’

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA