“We are here to look at comparative standards of the various Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISEs) amongst us, to begin to understand how to minimise differences in assessment practices across Pakistan,” stated Dr Thomas Christie, Director, Aga Khan University Examination Board at the opening ceremony of the IBCC Workshop on Content Standards Review of 2010 Examinations held on July 15 in Karachi.
Dr Christie emphasized that although the BISEs may follow the same syllabus content prescribed in the National Curriculum provided by the Ministry of Education, the disparity in results across Boards is a hindrance to achieving National standards: “Results don’t mean the same thing in different parts of the country. This workshop provides an opportunity for us to analyze our past examination papers, look at each question, review the answer scheme and then finally define what constitutes a reasonable answer for each cut-off percentage of marks.”
This workshop is a part of a series of workshops aimed at bringing uniform standards in assessment throughout Pakistan, organized by the Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) under the Ed-Links: Links to Learning project. This collaboration is aimed at upgrading six Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Examinations in Pakistan including BISE Quetta, Larkana, Peshawar, Mirpur Khas, Kohat and Federal Board.