In line with provisions made in the Education Act for the promotion and maintenance of high quality standards in secondary schools through an appropriate quality assurance mechanism and SDG target 4 which involves ensuring that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes, the Quality Assurance and Inspection Division (QAID) was created. As at date, the division is fully operational with a Director, and Senior Quality Assurance Officer and 20 Quality Assurance Officers.
The vision of the QAID has been articulated as follows: “to embed notions of quality into every aspect of school life for effective and efficient education delivery and improved student outcomes in a globally competitive environment”.
The core activities of the QAID include
· Gauging the status of teaching and learning in secondary schools
· Identification of training needs through departmental meetings
· Support to Educators through pedagogical advice tendered
· Monitoring of the Extended Program and implementation of curriculum changes.
· Facilitating the Continuous Professional Development of Educators
· Monitoring of the conduct of Grade 9 National Assessments
· Analysis of performance and writing up of subject reports for Grade 9 National Assessment.
· School profiling and reporting on the five school domains: Teaching and Learning, Student Attainment, Leadership and Management and School Ethos and Climate and school Infrastructure.
Forthcoming Projects - 2019
The Quality Assurance and Inspection Division is in the process of finalizing the Quality Assurance Framework and the Handbook for Quality Assurance Exercise, two documents that set out the parameters to gauge the quality of education and serve as guide to ensure that the process of schools’ external and self-evaluation are conducted effectively. Once the documents have been officially presented to immediate stakeholders, the QAID will invite schools in 2019 to identify their strengths and areas for improvement through a robust and comprehensive school self-evaluation exercise in the five school domains. This will be followed by an external evaluation of the strengths and key issues for overall school improvement. The findings of both the self and external school evaluations shall be used to inform planning, training and interventions to facilitate school improvement. With the assistance of the Quality Assurance team, schools will be requested to work out an effective ‘School Improvement Plan’ that will serve as a roadmap to create and maintain a quality culture within the school.