The serialisation of examination questions for technical and vocational education and training institutes (TVET) centres in the country has come to stay, a Deputy Minister of Education, Gifty Twum Ampofo, has said.
She said the objective was to help build the confidence of students to do independent work.
“Now, there is no need to stretch your neck because when you do that you would not see anything since the questions are different.”
“By so doing, it shows that the investment we have done in the TVET sector would reap the real dividend.
This is in that the certificates of students would reflect the real capabilities of the students and that wherever they find themselves, they would be able to deliver according to the level of certificate they have,” Mrs Ampofo said yesterday when she toured some examination centres of the ongoing TVET examination.
Accompanied by the Director- General of the Commission for TVET, Dr Fred Kyei Asamoah, the deputy minister toured the Sacred Heart Technical Institute, Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC), Accra Girls Vocational Institute, GH Media School and the Tema Technical Institute.
Over 29,000 financial-year students are writing TVET examination commissioned by CTVET.
The candidates began the examination with the core papers in Mathematics, English Language, Integrated Science, Social Studies and Entrepreneurship.
They would finish writing these papers, go on a break and then resume with the elective subjects.
A total of 32,402 candidates made up of 23,990 males and 8,412 females would be writing the examination in seven programme areas.
The programmes include Diploma, Technician Part I, Diploma in Business Studies, Certificate II – Intermediate and Technician Part Two.
Mrs Ampofo said over the years there were few issues with the TVET examination “but this year the commission has done some fantastic work that I want to commend it for”.
“They have managed to give us a set of questions which are serialised, meaning two people could sit together but with different questions and so cheating in examinations will be a thing of the past.”
“This has also encouraged students to prepare properly.
It also encourages heads of institutions and masters of various subjects to also prepare their students well,” she said.
The deputy minister said she was impressed with the calm and serene nature of the various institutions she had visited.
On the retooling of the institutions, Mrs Ampofo said that had gone far.
For his part, Dr Asamoah said the commission would continue to bring innovation to the TVET sector to ensure that the country reaped the right investment from the sector.