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Papua New Guinea

School adopts electronic student assessment system

BY JOAN BAILEY

BUIMO Road Primary School in Lae will be using an electronic assessment reporting application to help teachers prepare students’ report cards on time.

The electronic assessment application (app) was developed by Quins Consultancy.

Lae district education manager Kaumu Laga said it was his dream to have such an application one day to help teachers prepare students assessment reports on time for parents to collect.

Mr Laga said the new application will improve teaching and learning in the district.

“Buimo Road Primary and Huonville Primary are the only two schools in Lae to have this application and they are successfully using it to prepare students reports,” he said.

“Preparing students report cards is a very mammoth task for teachers as they have to calculate all the marks having it in percentage and then give them a position.”

He said 75 per cent of the time is used for calculation but this new technology has eased the burden for teachers as they will just enter the students’ marks and percentage and graphs will be shown automatically.

Mr Laga said Lae is the first district to assess students electronically, adding that he aims to roll out the electronic assessment reporting application to all schools in the district before 2018 academic year ends.

Buimo headmistress Katherine Tal Tobem said the developer of the app is a former student and the school was charged only K2000 to get the app installed
for teachers.

Mrs Tobem said the days of sleepless nights and work overload is over for teachers.

Quins Consultancy representative Taris Barigo said the app was designed based on ideas collected from teachers, parents, board of management and other education stakeholders.

Mr Barigo said the developing of the app started in 2014 after conducting a thorough research into manual assessments reporting challenges.

“The app helps address issues of inaccuracy and delay in presenting the students records cards to students.

“It was trialed at Huonville Primary in 2016 where it worked perfectly so I am happy that Buimo Road Primary decided to have it installed for its teachers as well,” Mr Barigo said.

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