Examination & Assessment
Director – Examinations & Assessment Unit
A sound and efficient educational assessment system that is responsive to the changing assessment needs of students.
Dedication to a high quality of educational assessment services in the conduct, administration, and reporting of LANA, external examinations and educational certification.
In a quest to ensure a sound and efficient educational assessment system, the Examinations and Assessment Unit continues to align itself to the mandated policy direction.
In order to realize the essence of quality in students’ achievement a part of the policy direction in the current educational reforms mandates the introduction of three End of Year Examinations at Year 7, Year 9, Year 11 in addition to the Fiji Year 6, Fiji Year 8, Fiji Year 10, Fiji Year 12 and Fiji Year 13 Certificate Examinations.
The drive is cognizant with the principal education outcome which is to make Fiji a Knowledge Based society and expediently delves with the objective of the government that is to provide the best opportunity for all Fijians to achieve their maximum potential through education and training. This depicts the need to ensure a sound assessment methodology is in place.
Examinations and Assessment Unit serves its specific functions and are typically designed to measure specific elements of learning. Assessments are also used to identify academic weaknesses and strengths so that educators can define pathways for improvement that takes many forms and requires an assortment of refined strategies and techniques.
Examination plays an indispensable task as it serves important purposes namely to:
- identify what students have learned;
- identify students strengths and weaknesses;
- provide a way to measure a teacher and/or school’s effectiveness;
- lead to pedagogical improvement.
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENT
(i) Literacy and Numeracy Assessment [LANA] – Current
LANA is a national formative assessment programme that helps to:
- Assess Year 5 and 7 students in their basic skills of Literacy (English) and Numeracy (Mathematics).
- Use the LANA analysis as a diagnostic tool to provide feedback to students, teachers and parents on students’ learning progress.
- Use an integrated approach to teach and assess literacy and numeracy skills.
- Provide intervention (at individual, school and national level) to improve students’ learning in literacy and numeracy.
(ii) Year 7, Year 9 and Year 11 End of the Year Examinations
- Summative assessment to measure students’ learning after 7, 9 and 11 years of school.
- To ensure standard coverage and maintain a standard of assessment in all schools.
- Defines a pathway for improvement.
- It is not an elimination platform so all students would still proceed to the next level.
- It uses the e platform for schools with good connectivity
- Year 6, Year 8 and Year 10 Examinations
- Summative assessments to gauge students’ learning after 6, 8 and 10 years of school.
- It ensures standard coverage and assessment in all schools.
- It defines a pathway for improvement.
- It is a non – elimination examination, so all students would still proceed to the next level.
- Year 6 and Year 8 uses the e platform for schools with good connectivity.
(iv) Year 12 and 13 Examinations
- The two examinations are high stake summative assessments to gauge the students’ achievement after 12 and 13 years of schooling.
- Assess the level of competency at that level.
- For selection of students to higher and tertiary institutions and prospective employment.
EAU continues to pursue improvement in its approach and has ventured on to maximize the e platform. Schools with good connectivity now receive e copies of the examination paper for LANA (Year 5 & 7), Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 11 level.
The introduced change is blended with the established practice of assessment to ensure the realization of our vision.