WINDHOEK: The Deputy Minister of Education has called on teachers marking Grade 10 and Grade 12 national examination papers to familiarise themselves with the marking criteria used for the subjects.
David Namwandi, who officially launched the marking sessions in the capital on Monday, said marking criteria are helpful as they help a marker to understand complex questions and determine the learner’s level of proficiency.
“The application of the marking criteria should be done analytically and holistically. As a marker, you should be able to identify the good solutions and the overall quality of the answers before you award any mark, and also because this will help in considering the learners’ strengths and weaknesses in answering questions,” he stressed.
If markers are not able to use the marking criteria effectively to judge learners’ answers, the marking exercise will become ‘fuzzy’, with incorrect learner answers being marked.
The Deputy Education Minister added that it is also imperative that learners’ positive achievements in the analysis of questions and the level of answers given are considered, as this in most cases helps vary the ability and understanding of the variation of answers given by learners.
Over 1 000 teachers are involved in the marking of the Grades 10 and 12 examination papers.
He thus cautioned teachers to look out for factors such as accuracy, handwriting, relevance, missing information, good answers to hard questions, poor answers to easy questions, terminology, conceptual understanding, the quality of explanations, vocabulary, spelling and the utilisation of sources, amongst other things.
It is also the chief marker’s duty and obligation to extend assistance to the assistant chief markers, team leaders and markers as this is the only way to succeed in moderation and marking.
“It is crucial that a chief marker gives a special mark which will certainly awake hope in markers, touch their feelings, give them warmth and uplift their spirit in marking,” he noted. The marking, which is being done at the Windhoek Show Grounds, started on 17 October and ends on 30 November.