Southern Africa Association for Education Assessment ‘s eighth conference kicks off in Windhoek

WINDHOEK: The eighth Southern Africa Association for Education Assessment (SAAEA) conference started in the capital today.

The three-day conference is being hosted under the theme ‘Educational assessment and evaluation in diversity’, and ends on Wednesday.

In his keynote address at the official opening of the event, Education Minister David Namwandi said the theme has momentous value with regards to education practices in the world, and particularly to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

He said the region faces many issues which threaten to increase the disparities within our nations, and in fact, the disparities in our communities have the potential to threaten the success of our national educational goals.

Namwandi said it is thus vital that debates about the provision of quality education for all are engaged in.

Debates about educational assessments and their outcomes are also needed, while best practices and bad experiences within the educational assessment arena need to be shared.

The conference aims to provide a forum for the exchange of best practices in assessment, curriculums and research in education; promote co-operation among educational assessment agencies within the SADC region; and to encourage and facilitate dialogue amongst member states and institutions concerning educational assessment issues.