Benchmark AET Level 4 Pilot successfulValidating adult education through national assessment

Umalusi (Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training) has approved the release of the Benchmark Assessment Agency 2014 GETC AET Level 4 results. Umalusi found the pilot exam process credible and successful.

Benchmark, an external assessment agency that focuses exclusively on Adult Education and Training (AET), was established after recognising the shortcomings of the internal assessment process. Benchmark has an established track record after working with the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) for the past 3 years. The MQA is a Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) responsible for the administration of skills development programmes for the mining and minerals sector in South Africa.

The need for an external assessment agency that standardises the quality of AET is paramount in South Africa. Originally, Pre-AET and AET levels 1, 2 and 3 did not require accredited assessment agencies to qualify the results of the learners. Assessments were conducted internally which lead to incorrect or fake results and a lack of real competency, which in turn, inhibited further training and development. By way of a practical example, internal assessments were not sustainable as a company or training service provider could not act as the referee and the player.

Benchmark designs, conducts and manages assessments. The assessment and moderation policies are governed by and comply with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Benchmark is passionate about quality education and standards and pride themselves on quick turnaround times and accurate results. By assessing results quickly and effectively, Benchmark is able to examine the achievements (and failures) of the adult and non-formal education and training being provided.

Should you wish to speak to Keith Maseko, the Managing Director of Benchmark regarding external assessments and what this means for the industries that conduct adult education and training, please contact us.


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