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Training to gauge teacher effectiveness underway

Jan 15, 2016, 10:04 AM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

About 250 teachers, including teacher-trainees, are being trained on ways to gauge teaching and teacher effectiveness through the use of data assessment.

The three-day training kicked off yesterday at the Region 1 Regional Education Directorate in Kanifing.It is jointly organised by the Gambia Teachers’ Union (GTU), Gambia College and Education for All National Campaign Network with funding from UNESCO.

The programme aims at sensitising participants on the importance of assessment and how to use assessment data to improve teaching and learning in classrooms.

Lamin Jaiteh, HR at Region 1, said the programme is important as the country is battling to achieve quality education.

He said they are ready to join hands with any stakeholder to achieve quality education in The Gambia.

GTU General Secretary Antoinette Corr-Jack said the forum is to consolidate the gains of teachers.

She called on the participants to share the knowledge gained from the forum with their colleagues when they return to their various schools.

Essa Sowe, deputy General Secretary of GTU, said the training will help to standardise the teaching practice in the school system because the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education is now shifting emphasis from assessment of learning to assessment for learning.

The emphasis is now on the importance of using data or information from assessment for proper planning and classroom preparation.

Mr Sowe who doubles as Head of Programmes at GTU said the sensitisation also aims at building critical mass of resource persons at regional level to ensure that each teacher will reach out and teach one during school-based workshops, regional training sessions or cluster-based trainings.

He said after the programme, the participants will be able to ensure that assessment processes and procedures are moderated at their schools and cluster levels.