Effective Government-University Partnerships: Reflections of Kenya’s National Assessment Centre

By Richard Wambua and Mukhtar Abdi Ogle.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Monitoring of learners’ achievement through National Assessment has been at the heart of the Government of Kenya’s strategy to inform policy and practice of the basic education sector. The Ministry of Education, in conjunction with the Kenya National Examinations Council established the National Assessment Centre whose main role is the coordination of assessment activities in the country. In order to discharge its mandate effectively, the NAC has partnered with various stakeholders, chief among them being universities. These partnerships are at individual and institutional level. At the individual level, university researchers have provided consultancy services in assessment activities. At the institutional level, there is a formal engagement through which the universities provide tailor-made capacity building services. Given that National Assessment is a relatively new phenomenon in Kenya and that its importance in ensuring the quality of education is undeniable, there is need to expand the scope of government-university partnerships especially with respect to institutional linkages, capacity development, and resource mobilization.

Keywords: National Assessment, Large-scale Surveys, Partnerships, Monitoring of Learner Achievement

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.53-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 773.017KB).

Mr Richard Wambua

Senior Research Officer, National Assessment Centre, Kenya National Examinations Council, Nairobi, Kenya

Mr. Richard Wambua is a Senior Research Officer at the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC). He is attached to the National Assessment Center which is mandated to carry out monitoring of learner achievement in Kenya’s education system. Wambua holds a MEd (Educational Psychology) degree with specialization in Tests and Measurement. He has lectured in a teacher training college as well as universities in Kenya and Tanzania. He also holds a BEd (Technology) degree and has experience as a technical teacher. His research interests include ICT in Education, Gender, Technical Education, Assessment and Selection. He has presented his works in a number of national and international Conferences, and has also published articles in refereed journals.

Mukhtar Abdi Ogle

Coordinator, National Assessment Centre, Kenya National Examinations Council, Nairobi, Kenya

Mr. M. A. Ogle is the National Coordinator of the National Assessment Centre & Exchange Programs, a section of the Kenya National Examinations Council. This is an agency of the Ministry of Education that coordinates education research in the sector. Mr. Ogle holds Master of Arts degree (Community Studies) from the University of Loughborough, UK and a Bachelor of Education (Kenyatta University). He has vast experience in large scale assessment studies. He is also the First National Coordinator for SACMEQ Research (Kenya).

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