WAEC Nigeria head elected AEAA VP

Olu Adenipekun, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Head of National Office, Nigeria

The Head of National Office at the West African Examinations Council, Olu Adenipekun had been elected the Vice President of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA).

He is to succeed Dr. Litsabako Ntoi of the Examinations Council of Lesotho (ECOL), Lesotho.

This election took place during the AEAA conference held between Monday, 6th August, 2018 and Friday, 10th August, 2018 in Maseru, Lesotho. The theme of the conference was “Reforming Educational Assessment: A Renewed Agenda.”

EduCeleb.com reports that the AEAA is a non-profit making organisation established in 1982 to promote cooperation amongst examining and assessment bodies in Africa; encourage relevant examining and assessment among members, sponsor international participation in the field of Educational Testing and Examination; commission and coordinate research projects; improve assessment, testing and examining within the individual member countries through the activities of the Association among others. It is affiliated to the International Association of Educational Assessment (IAEA).

Evaluation and Assessment have always been key and central to the educational sector. Every year for the past 36 years, the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa (AEAA) holds a conference to assess improvements and challenges in the field of educational testing and examinations and to usher in new executives for the association.

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The conference was attended by 325 delegates from 27 countries across the world and 82 different papers were presented. The Keynote Address delivered by the Honourable Minister of Education and Training of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Professor Ntoi Rapapa as he declared the conference open called on assessment bodies to improve on their skills and expertise so as to be able to play their role in 21st century education.

The Nigerian delegation to the conference was led by the Registrar to the Council, at the West African Examination Council, Dr Iyi Uwadiae.

The annual conference ended on Friday, 10th August where it was declared that Nigeria would be hosting the 37th edition of the Annual conference.

This 2019 Conference of the Association shall go with the theme: Innovations in Educational Assessment. It is to hold at the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre, Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Abuja between 5th August, 2019 and 9th August, 2019.

Mr Adenipekun, who will be serving a one-year tenure, informed delegates of efforts towards the success of the 37th edition of the conference and also invited them to Abuja where the conference will be holding.

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