University Lecturers laud PAHO/WHO workshop

– aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness

DPI, Guyana, Friday, August 10, 2018

Today, the Pan American Health Organisation/ World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with the University of Guyana (UG) concluded a five-day capacity building workshop for Health Sciences lecturers.

Participants at the workshop

The exercise, which was held from August 6-10, focused on measurement and evaluation which aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the lecturers in setting examinations and grading test papers and scripts; vital to the knowledge base of professional teachers and effective teaching.
It was highlighted that this is “a core component of the curricula implemented in universities required in the education of future teachers”.

The Department of Public Information (DPI) spoke to some of the participants of the workshop who expressed their views.

Dr. Ronald Aaron, Director of the School of Medicine at the University of Guyana noted that “the workshop has been very useful and timely, especially since the school of medicine was re-accredited last year.” He disclosed that over the course of the “next few years, the other departments in the faculty of Health Sciences are scheduled to undergo the accreditation exercise.”  Dr. Aaron added that as part of the accreditation process, it is good to be formally trained in assessment methods.

Dr. Adebo Onohomo lauded the workshop as “beneficial’ citing that she has “learnt better ways” to grade students “in terms of evaluating them, assessing them and giving them tests concerning their performances.”

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Emmanuel Cummings, expressed his appreciation to PAHO for hosting the workshop. He too said that “it is critical’ in light of the recent accreditation being granted, noting that “it also helps us to have a better engagement with our students.”

Lecturers were awarded certificates at the end of the workshop as a commemorative token for their participation.

By: Anara Khan
Images: Karime Peters

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