Teachers sharpen skills in ‘Exam Item Development’

A group of local secondary English teachers received certificates to mark the end of their training course in Exam Item Development at a graduation ceremony held at Raja Isteri Girls High School (STPRI) recently.

The certificates were presented by Assistant Director/Head of Programme, Academic Section and Academic Unit Sarimah binti Abu Bakar, on behalf of the Department of Schools.

Department of Schools Focal Person and Academic Unit Officer Suria Majidah binti Haji Mohammad and CfBT’s Head of ELT Department Susan Trpcic also attended. The IGCSE ESL workshops were conducted by Nik Clark (SOAS College) and the ‘O’ Level sessions by Tania Canton (STPRI).

The training course, conducted by CfBT Education Services in partnership with the Ministry of Education, provided practical training for local teachers of ‘O’ Level and IGCSE ESL English in developing, vetting and moderating assessment items.

It is part of the capacity building aims of the partnership to work with local teachers who show an aptitude for, and interest in, writing standardised assessments.

The training programme, which started in 2017, will be rolled out nationally in 2020 as part of an ongoing aim to build the capacity of local teachers in exam item writing.

The IGCSE graduates are Hajah Mariah binti Haji Ahmad (SM PAP Hajah Masna), Haji Asmalhedayat bin Haji Abdul Samad (SM Katok), Kartina binti Haji Bakar (SM PDSM Mentiri), Dayangku Hajah Zety Akhtar binti Pengiran Haji Ahmad (SM Sayyidina Husain), Hajah Siti Zaharah Haji Murni (SM Lambak Kiri), Hasanul Isyraf bin Haji Asnan (SM Lambak Kiri), Haji Zaidie bin Jainie (SM PJN Abu Bakar) and Norshikin binti Tuah (SM SMJA)

The ‘O’ Level graduates are Juanita binti Marup (SOAS College), Hajah Siti Norahima binti Haji Ahmad (SOAS College), Hajah Mas Ayu binti Haji Abdul Hamid (SM Sayyidina Hasan), Norazlina binti Abdullah (SM SMJA), Richard Carson (Science College), Goh Jia Lin (SM Berakas), Zaiton binti Haji Metussin (SM PIHM Serasa), Nurul Afiqah binti Roslan (SM PDSM), Hajah Juliawati binti Haji Mohd Taib (SM Sultan Sharif Ali) and Hernie Shalwati binti Abdul Hamid (SM Sufri Bolkiah).

Participants with their certificates.