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‘English teachers to take test amid debates over staff assessments’

By Laila Azzeh - Jul 30,2016 - Last updated at Jul 30,2016

AMMAN — English language teachers in schools affiliated with selected education departments will sit for an elective assessment exam on Sunday, according to an informed source. 

The test comes after heated debates between the Education Ministry and the Jordan Teachers Association (JTA) on the legitimacy of the exam, which is part of a series of assessment tests intended to gauge the abilities of educators in different subjects. 

“At first we were against the idea of testing teachers who had already been appointed by the ministry and have been serving for years, but after the ministry assured us that it will be voluntary and only in selected education directorates, we supported the decision,” JTA Spokesperson Ahmad Hajaya told The Jordan Times on Saturday. 

“As much as we trust the abilities of our cadres, who are a model in Arab and African countries, we were against the idea of the exam as being mandatory for all teachers,” he said, noting that this would have subjected educators to “ridicule and put their reputation at risk”.

While stressing the JTA’s support for efforts to rehabilitate and develop the abilities of educators, Hajaya said that assessing the abilities of teachers based on a national unified exam and then disseminating the results would “harm the course of the education process and cause more damage than good, for it affects the morale and performance of teachers”.

“We agreed with the ministry on the need to hold such an exam for new teachers, especially in basic subjects such as Arabic,” he added.

Sunday’s exam is organised in cooperation with the British Council.  

 

Officials at the Education Ministry were not available for comment. 

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WHILE I DO UNDERSTAND THE REASONING BEHIND THIS POLICY, THE FACT IS THAT IT WILL HAVE NO EFFECT ON THE OUTCOME IF IN FACT IT DOES NOT LEAD TO A NEGETIVE CONSIQUENCIES. COULD YOU IMAGINE IF I SUMMON ALL THE PROFESSORS WE THOUGHT ME IN MEDICAL SCHOOL TODAY AND SUBJECT THEM TO THE MEDICAL BOARD EXAM QUESTIONS FOR REASSESMENT OF THE ACADEMIC SUBJECTS, HOW MANY WILL PASS THIS TEST AND YET THEY REMAIN THE BEST AMONG THE BEST. TEACHING AND TEACHERS PROFESSION HAS NO CORRELATION WITH ANY FORM OF POINT ESTIMATE AS THIS TEST DOES AS LONG AS THEY WERE QUILIFIED FROM THE STAT FROM AN APPROVED SCHOOLS. CAN WE TEST THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION ON THE BASIC EDUCATIONAL PROTOCOLS AND STANDARD. TEST ALL JORDANIAN PHYSICIANS BASED ON TODAY'S STANDARD OF MEDICAL EDUCATION AND SO ON. WHY SHOULD I QUESTION THE IQ OF A PHD HOLDER FROM ONE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD?. DONT THE MINISTER AND HIS MINISTRY HAVE ANY OTHER THING TO DO OTHER THAN POINTING FINGERS.

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