Education for Employment, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Education for Employment, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The External Exams Working Group defined a detailed Operational Plan for its future activities

The Working Group (WG) for the Preparation of Test Items and Instruments for External Exams of the EU project Education for Employment in BiH, continues its work. At the third meeting, held in Jahorina, on September 10 and 11, this WG defined a detailed Operational Plan for conducting external assessment that will be proposed for adoption at the next session of the Project Steering Committee.

Trial external assessment of the first grade students of the BiH grammar schools will be conducted on a representative sample of students at the end of the school year 2021/2022. The Working Group, which comprises representatives from all ministries of education and pedagogical institutes, is responsible for the preparation and implementation of this assessment. At its previous meetings, the WG for the External Exams has developed a conceptualization and methodology of the approach that should serve as a sustainable model for organizing such assessment in the future.

Periodic external assessment of student achievements is a standard practice for monitoring educational outcomes in well-developed education systems in the EU and worldwide. Such assessments enable policymakers to evaluate the state of education and design development strategies based on valid, reliable, and objective data.

In order to overcome the high unemployment rate and a huge mismatch of the education and training systems with the demands of the labour market, the EU funded project “Education for Employment, BiH” aims to produce human resources in line with the labour market needs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project will assist BiH authorities in improving capacity and structure for planning the educational process and quality of educational outcomes.