ASSESSMENT AND EDUCATIONAL STANDARD IMPROVEMENT: REFLECTIONS FROM NIGERIA

ASSESSMENT AND EDUCATIONAL STANDARD IMPROVEMENT: REFLECTIONS FROM NIGERIA

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ASSESSMENT AND EDUCATIONAL STANDARD IMPROVEMENT: REFLECTIONS FROM NIGERIA

Educational standard has many dimensions and therefore pontificating on its falling can be misleading. This paper distinguishes between quality and standard and examines some perspectives in which standards have been conceptualized in the literature: standards of curriculum, teaching, teacher and student achievement, management, accreditation, among others. The standard enhancement approaches such as moderation, self assessment, equating to mention a few are presented. The author thereafter examines the extent some of these approaches have been applied in the Nigerian educational system and how assessment has failed to achieve its goals because of societal peculiarities occasioned by corruption in all facets of society. The author draws examples from their background to illustrate how standard has over the years been eroded in many areas of education. They consider how the Post University Matriculation Examination in Nigeria, a reform resisted by many, is opening a window of opportunity to enhance quality teaching and learning within the university system. In addition the introduction of students’, evaluation of staff, though not novel, has helped to further shove up educational standard in one of Nigerian universities. The thesis that emerges from this paper is that proper assessment can willy nilly enhance standards of education.

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