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Namibia: Namibia Rolls Out Online e-Marking System
Source: IT Online News
Source Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs
Country: Namibia
Created: Oct 29, 2014

Mario Martins, director of CSX Customer Services, says the WebScore Project was developed to help the education system overcome the challenges of loss or damage to examination papers which typically occurs during the transport process from the place of examination to the marking location.

“This was causing heavy delays in the processing of examination results for students. If the system is used properly it can potentially reduce the overall marking time by up to 60%,” he says.

Martins explains that the exam papers are captured digitally by state of the art high resolution scanners which can process up to 20 000 pages per hour and then downloaded to a database.

“Each paper is then marked by two enumerators and a supervisor at different locations to ensure a valid, non-biased and moderated mark. The user-friendly system uses various rubrics to mark each individual paper to ensure ease of use for teachers and enumerators alike.”

The system allows for open-ended questions in addition to multiple choice responses that can be subjectively and non-subjectively assessed to obtain a balanced mark, he says. “The system then calculates the correct aggregate, minimising the chance of human error in the evaluation process and ensuring a fair result for students.”

This technology has been successfully implemented in various other countries worldwide, including Barbados, Argentina, Honduras, Egypt, Oman, India and Malaysia.

“The Namibian installation is one of the first of many installations in Africa to be distributed by CSX Customer Services. We are proud to be a part of the implementation of this innovative system which will change the face of education in Africa,” concludes Martins.

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