Monday, December 2, 2013

Exams, exams, exams !

Someone's eyes were caught wandering ! 

BUSY !!! – that is the only thing I can say about the past couple of weeks ! The main reason for the extreme hive of action  was the arrival of exams. I am not a great fan of exams however they are mandatory here in Ethiopia a whopping 4 times a year  for all pupils – even the tiny 3 year olds who are still in the process of learning how to hold a pencil ! 

With years of practice behind them, the central KG and Grade 1 – 4 school had no difficulties in producing exams which would be useful ( to a certain extent ) in being an assessment tool . However, the new far school teachers had had no experience of producing exams which weren’t multiple choice meaning that there was great confusion all around. 

We had hoped to simply replicate the central examinations in the new school, but since the pupils there have only received a local education they are at least one year behind the pupils at the central English Alive schools who have had a decent education for several years ! This was quite shocking – we knew that pupils would be behind but not to that extent - proving that although not immediately obvious, the education at English Alive is indeed a superior one ! 

This week also saw the start of the Great Christmas Bonanza – a chance for people from all over the world to make a gift with a difference though purchasing something for the school – all with gift certificates available !  Visit our gift shop at :

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