National Assessment - Form III
The Education and Human Resource Strategy Plan (2008-2020) recommends, inter alia, the introduction of a National Assessment at Form III which aims at evaluating the competencies acquired by students and identifying their educational orientations according to their aptitudes and inclinations. This Assessment will not serve as an exercise to compare or to benchmark the performance levels of schools. Rather, it will help gauge the level of competencies reached by students so that proper action may be taken and that transition to upper secondary be done more smoothly.
The National Assessment was carried out in 2010 on a pilot basis in 33 Secondary Schools and four subjects, namely, English, French, Mathematics and Computer Studies/literacy, were assessed.
In 2011 the National Assessment was again carried out on a pilot basis in 139 Secondary schools with ‘Science’ as an additional subject.
The 2012 session involved 155 pilot Secondary schools and Science was assessed as three separate subjects, namely, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
In line with the implementation of the Government Programme 2012-2015, the National Assessment Form III is now being rolled out in ALL Secondary Schools in Mauritius and Rodrigues. The students will be assessed in the same subjects as last year.
Aims And Objectives
The National Assessment at Form III has specific aims and objectives. It serves to reflect achievement after three years of secondary education and is also meant for formative purposes to promote quality learning and teaching by helping to identify the strengths and weaknesses in the knowledge and skills that students have acquired.
It is expected that, along with the National Curriculum Framework (Secondary), the National Assessment at Form III will assist in the reshaping of Lower Secondary Education by impacting positively on classroom practices and promoting greater engagement in learning at school on the part of the students. The aims and objectives can be summarised under the following main headings:
- Evaluate the skills and competencies acquired by students
- Identify the strengths and weaknesses of students
- Promote quality in the teaching and learning process
What Will Be Assessed In 2013?
The Assessment in 2013 will be carried out in the following subjects:
- Computer Studies/Literacy,
- Chemistry and
Particular emphasis will be placed on:
Communication skills related to reading and writing in English and French
Mathematical skills and concepts
Computer skills and competencies
Scientific skills and concepts
For each of these skills, specific assessment objectives/learning outcomes have been defined.
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