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1 COMPETENCY AND PLACEMENT TESTING Moving towards the ideal FET College

2 OVERVIEW Challenges Funding, pass rates and FET students Contributing factors Focusing on FET students Possible solution Baseline testing Managed approach CAP’s offering How can CAP help?

3 CHALLENGES Funding – Based on L4 certification Throughput rate – Drop out rate from L2 to L4 Students entering FET – Bridging the L2 academic gap

4 CHALLENGES Funding – Based on L4 certification – College allocation income – Output bonus criteria : Successful completion of past enrolments Average examination scores

5 CHALLENGES Funding – Based on L4 certification Source: NDoE

6 CHALLENGES Funding – Based on L4 certification Throughput rate – Drop out rate from L2 to L4 Students entering FET – Bridging the L2 academic gap

7 CHALLENGES Throughput rate – Drop out rate from L2 to L4 Source: NDoE

8 CHALLENGES Funding – Based on L4 certification Throughput rate – Drop out rate from L2 to L4 Students entering FET – Bridging the L2 academic gap

9 CHALLENGES Students entering FET – Bridging the L2 academic gap – Out-of-school-children : more than 1 million pre-grade 12 young people out of school and unemployed – Age difference – 35 – Diverse academic background Source: CHET & FETI: Responding to Educational Needs of Out-Of-School Youth, June 2009

10 CONTRIBUTING FACTORS Varied age of entry Unsure of career opportunities Learning gaps in – Mathematics – English No established remedial learning path focused on learning gaps

11 SOLUTION Baseline entrance test – Aptitude testing Too expensive Not standardised Not enough staff, time – Screening test : Identifies possible high risk students – Specialised problem requires specialised staff!

12 SOLUTION Managed approach to selection and placement – 2010: L2’s – Manage the system: test /select/ fill in the gaps/academic support – Manage the human capital: large groups / schools etc, no marking – Manage the remedial action: linking of test with remedial program

13 SOLUTION Based on 2007 – 2010 statistics: ENTRY: Standardised test – Identify possible high risk candidates – prediction on passing % for English and Maths – High correlation for both THROUGHPUT: identify background gaps – Focused academic support

14 SOLUTION Maths and English orientation: first two weeks Standardised tests: immediate identifying of students who need further assessment /support, such as Learning potential assessment – High learning potential: poor academic background but potential to pass. Remedial action: – Low learning potential: Channeling of student to other programmes eg. skills programmes.

15 CAP SOLUTION Registration 1 Selection 2 Details Capture 3 Testing 4 5 Test Capture 6 Analysis & Reporting 7 Candidate Technical Management Placement 8 Remedial Yes No 9 Exit Counselling

16 CAP SOLUTION Testing accuracy

17 CAP SOLUTION How could CAP assist the IDEAL COLLEGE? – identifying the right students with understanding of and interest in programme – identify the right students based on academic background – identify learning gaps for sound foundation – minimize human labour time – maximize testing (administering, marking & reporting) turnover time – affordable

18 IN CLOSING Managers – Vital role in implementation Student Support Staff – Well trained and qualified – Address specialised challenges Managed process – Testing alone achieves nothing!!!


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