By Emmanuel Ajibulu
Botosoft Technologies Limited was one of the participants at the 43rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) in Batumi, Georgia. The well attended conference gave the company opportunity to showcase its various unique solutions developed over the years for the education sector.
Botosoft is an outfit that enjoys global reach, with its customers in many different parts of the world and its headquarters domiciled in Lagos, Nigeria. It is known for developing innovative solutions in examination management, applications in data management systems, photo verification software, to mention a few, through use of Information Technology. Mr. Tolulope Agbeyo is the founder and CEO, while Dr. Babatope Agbeyo is the Chairman of the company.
The IAEA conference primarily aims at providing a forum for exchanging ideas and experience with a view to enhancing educational assessment and strengthening mutual understanding and relationships among its members. The 43rd annual IAEA Conference was hosted by the National Assessment and Examinations Center (NAEC), one of the primary members of IAEA and the largest professional organization in the field of Assessment in Georgia.
This year’s conference successfully explored how assessment is used as a change agent to improve social justice and the quality of teaching and learning in education.
It is evident that the worldwide growth of assessment systems has been driven by a social need for fairer opportunities; and testing has increasingly provided the social lever by which progress and selection are based on academic merit rather than patronage and connections.
The forum equally gave room to policy makers to understand further that assessment should be viewed as a direct way of improving schools curriculum by shaping what is taught and learned. For example, to meet the demands of 21st century skills assessment policies may lead to more curricular emphasis on Information Technology and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
Policy makers are increasingly using assessment data as an accountability tool to raise standards within the educational system. Within schools and classrooms day-to-day formative assessment is being used to improve the quality of learning needed in rapidly changing 21st century society.
Many attendees at the 2017, 43rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Educational Assessment acknowledged that the unique industry conference provided a great opportunity to network, pointing out that it was quite rewarding and fun.