Foreign examinations mean, examinations prepared by examination authorities outside Tanzania for both foreign and local candidates residing in Tanzania.
On its establishment, the National Examinations Council of Tanzania was legally given the mandate to work with and assist foreign examination boards in conducting their examinations in Tanzania.
However, for quite some time, many schools and institutions have developed a culture and tendency of administering foreign examinations to candidates without the assent or consent of the National Examinations Council of Tanzania.
The tendency of schools and institutions conducting foreign examinations without being legally bound by NECTA raises many questions and concerns which are:
- •How credible are the students’ continuous assessment since NECTA which is supposed to be the sole custodian of all secondary school examinations and assessments in the country is not aware of the procedures schools and institutions use to conduct them.
- How safe are these schools or institution’s examinations. What efforts are the schools undertaking to ensure there is no examinations malpractice or leakage?
- How credible are the students’ final examinations results in relation to NECTA final results. This makes the exercise of equating the foreign examinations to NECTA results a little bit hard.
In order to have a fair playing ground with schools that administer NECTA’s examinations, the aforementioned reasons make it mandatory for any institution or school which wants to start conducting foreign examinations to enter into an agreement with NECTA, otherwise the Council will not have faith in the foreign examinations that they administer.
For the betterment and provision of good services to the country, an institution or school which wants to conduct foreign examinations in Tanzania, must
ensure the following procedures are adhered to:
- Foreign Examining Board must liaise with NECTA on its intent to establish examination centre in the country.
- Identified institutions or centres must apply to NECTA through both Regional Education Officers and Zonal School Inspectors in their respective areas of the jurisdiction for permission for establishment of foreign examination centre.
- It is mandatory for NECTA to be custodian of foreign examinations, appoint qualified supervisors and invigilators for the examinations, monitor the administration of the examinations to ensure that the foreign boards’ regulations and requirements are adhered to.
It is paramount for any centre or school to adhere to the aforementioned reasons since NECTA is planning to stop equating students’ certificates that come from schools or centres that are not recognized by NECTA.
This will affect students to apply for further studies (higher institutions of learning) or jobs since Universities cannot admit students who have not equated their secondary certificates and some employment agencies can not employ people who have not equated their certificates to the local examinations.