64 teachers complete Afghan-German cooperation training workshops in Kabul
64 teachers from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions around Afghanistan successfully completed testing and grading workshops in Kabul. Over the past week, the teachers from five different TVET subjects learned how to draw up practical exams for students, together with a proper grading system. Working closely with TVET experts from Germany, the teachers are now in a better position to test and assess both their students’ practical and theoretical work. The examination system they will now use was developed with the help of the Afghan-German Cooperation program for supporting Afghanistan’s TVET schools.
As Gustav Reier, head of the TVET program financed by Germany, said, “The practical testing and grading methods the teachers learned in these workshops are part of a new curriculum at the 50 pilot schools in the TVET program. With a greater emphasis on practical examinations, the skills students gain are better suited for the needs of the job market.” Mr. Joma Khan, a sanitary installation teacher at Kandahar Professional Mechanic High School, said, “This week I really learned how to make the testing and grading more precise for my plumbing and pipe-fitting classes. Besides improving my testing skills, I also learned some new technical knowledge and how to improve my lessons.”
The workshops were held between 24th and 28th August 2014 at three different TVET institutes in Kabul: the Afghan Technology Institute, the Kabul Auto Mechanic Institute and at the Construction and Geodesy Institute. The 64 teachers came from the 35 TVET schools around Afghanistan that offer the following subjects in their curriculum: Sanitary installations, wood-working, car mechanics, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.
This workshop for developing practical examinations was a follow-up course to a workshop on developing theoretical exams held in March 2014 in Kabul. The new exam curriculum, including theoretical and practical exams, was introduced to the 50 TVET schools in the TVET program in March 2013.
In close cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Education, the TVET program financed by the German Government promotes technical and vocational education and training in Afghanistan by establishing a sustainable, formal vocational school system. The goal is to help as many young Afghans as possible acquire skills that will improve their chances of finding a job and earning a regular income. Currently, the TVET program supports 50 pilot schools with teacher training, curriculum development and many other activities.
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