Quality Assurance and Inspection Division

To embed notions of quality into every aspect of school life for effective and efficient education delivery and improved student outcomes in a globally competitive environment.

QAF, 2019

The Quality Assurance and Inspection Division (QAID) was created in 2012 in line with provisions made in the Education Act for the promotion and maintenance of high quality standards in secondary schools through an appropriate quality assurance mechanism, and SDG target 4 which involves “ensuring that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes".  Following a series of consultative and validation meetings, the QAID launched in 2019 its Quality Assurance Framework i and Handbook for Quality Assurance Exercise ii, two documents that set out benchmarks and quality standards in secondary education, give a new sense of direction to secondary schools through the structuring of quality assurance initiatives and chart a path for school improvement. 

Quality Assurance focuses on the following major strands in the course of its functional exercise:

​(i) ​It concentrates on five school domains: Student Attainment, Teaching and Learning, Leadership and Management, School Ethos and Climate and School Infrastructure
​​(ii) ​Benchmarks are used to assess the quality of the educational service and its conformity with national norms and standards
​​(iii) ​Schools engage in an internal review to identify areas of good practice as well as areas for improvement
​​(iv) ​An external evaluation is carried out following which schools will be given the necessary assistance to devise school improvement plans. 

The quality assurance mechanism is meant to secure internal efficiency and monitor the quality of education dispensed in schools.  This is achieved when schools and the Quality Assurance and Inspection Division work collaboratively with the latter providing the needed guidance and relevant support.  The QAID invites schools to engage in a self-review process wherein Rectors, together with Educators,  

​Reflect on the progress made in relation to the targets spelt out in their School Development Plan.
​​ ​Sustain areas of good practice that can be spread across the school population and share​d with their external stakeholders.
​​ ​Plan for improvement and development.

This will be followed by an external evaluation of the strengths and key quality issues for overall school improvement.   With the​ assistance of the Quality Assurance team, schools will be requested to work out an effective 'School Improvement Plan' that will serve as a roadmap to create and maintain a quality culture within the school.