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Malawi TEVET Assessment

Background
 
The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) Authority is a regulatory body that was established in 1999 by an Act of Parliament with the mandate to promote and regulate sustainable acquisition of quality technical, entrepreneurial and vocational training for Malawian workforce in a socially responsible manner.

Introduction
 
The new reformed TEVET System in Malawi is based on the principle of Competency Based Education and Training (CBET). Among other things, implementation of the CBET methodology is embraced in all TEVET programmes through ‘TEVET Assessment’ process.
 
Purpose
 
The TEVET assessment process aims to recognise skills and values (competency) acquired by trainees having undergone TEVET programmes that entails levels of ability. Specifically the TEVET assessment checks and confirms whether a trainee has acquired the desired learning outcomes.
 
Definition
 
TEVET Assessment is a comprehensive, rigorous and continuous process of verifying achievement of desired learning outcomes by students or trainees undergoing TEVET.
 
Steps in the Assessment process
 
·    Identification of learning outcomes
·    Gathering of evidence
·    Evaluation of the evidence against the learning outcomes
·    Forming a judgment whether a learner is competent or not yet competent
 
The above assessment processes are generally referred to as verification, which is defined as a process of monitoring assessment practice to ensure that assessment decisions are consistently accurate.
 
There are two levels of verification, namely; Internal and External verification.
 
Internal verification
 
Internal verification is done within an institution by an assessor other than the trainer of a particular occupation. The main purpose of internal verification is to:
 
·    monitor assessment practice
·    advise and support internal assessors
·    check if there is accurate record keeping of assessment decisions
·    prepare for external verification.
 
The internal verifier is expected to undergo approved training on internal assessment and verification and should be a specialist in the subject area.
 
External Verification
 
External verification is the process of authenticating the performance of TEVET accredited institutions to ensure the quality and consistency of assessment (inclusive of internal verification) against the requirements of TQF.
 
Importance of verification
 
As an assessment process, verification leads to certification of successful TEVET students as evidence of learners’ achievement. The progress and achievements of the learner are registered. Learners who are unsuccessful on a particular competence repeat the competence and are reassessed.
 
TEVET Authority is responsible for the identification, selection and accreditation of External verifiers in consultation with the industry, for effective delivery of TEVET assessments.