Dr. Sophia Gorgodze, Director of the National Assessment and Examinations Center hosted Vali Hussein, Head of the Strategy Department of the State Examination Center of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Elnur Abbasov, Head of Law, Civil Service Policy and State Strategy Division.
For the third year in a row, the National Assessment and Examinations Center has been assisting the SEC to develop Georgian language and literature exam materials for schools in the Republic of Azerbaijan for the 9th and 11th grade students. For its part, the State Examinations Center of the Republic of Azerbaijan together with the NAEC’s experts has developed an item bank for Teachers’ Professional Examination in Azerbaijani language and literature. The following exam will be conducted by the NAEC for the first time this year.
The meeting also touched upon the existing challenges in the field of assessment and future plans. The National Assessment and Examinations Center plans to further enhance cooperation with its Azerbaijani counterparts in the near future.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Ekaterine Dgebuadze and the Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia Artur Martirosyan with the objective of promoting cooperation in language assessment instruments in Armenian and Georgian languages.
The parties endeavor to exchange experience on improving the system of training and assessment of teachers of the two countries, therefore the MoU highlights the future partnership prospects for the National Assessment and Examinations Center and the Assessment and Testing Center, acting under the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of the Republic of Armenia.
The Assessment and Testing Center will provide assistance to the NAEC for the development of an item bank consisting of 100 tasks for Teachers’ Professional Qualifying Examination for Armenian language and literature teachers working in Georgian schools. The National Assessment and Examinations Center will contribute to the development of the current assessment services and practices in Armenia.
This mutually beneficial collaboration is expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on both organizations and result in the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices at organizational, local, regional or national levels.
The 2021 examination process will be conducted in full compliance with the healthcare guidelines set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia.
Sophia Gorgodze, the Head of the National Assessment and Examinations Center together with Nunu Mitskevich, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, and Paata Imnadze, Deputy Director of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health shared the latest updates in terms of safety measures during the exams.
In 2021, the Covid-19 infected examinees will have an opportunity to take exams 14 days after recovery. Additional sessions will be conducted once per subject before the end of examination period. The list of examinees will be developed according to the information provided by the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health.
Similarly, to the last year:
examinees and invigilators will be allowed in only 50% of the area of each examination sector.
Each desk will be equipped with a transparent protective shield / barrier from the front;
The distance between the tables will be at least 2 meters, and the distance between the tables arranged in a row – 1 meter.
Wearing a face mask will be mandatory throughout the examination process. The air conditioners will be switched on at temperatures above 30 ° C.
Special spaces will be arranged for applicants with a high temperature this year.
Examinees are highly recommended to follow the healthcare guidelines set by the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs:
Keep social distance as much as possible during the registration and examination process;
Frequently use hand sanitizers provided by the Center.
Examinees should have an ID Card as well as an Examination Card;
Applicants are free to carry their own water in a plastic bottle, an additional face mask and a pen (gel black pen 0.5-0.7 mm, with a ball tip).
No other personal item will be allowed to minimize the risk of transmitting / spreading the disease from the items.