Successes and Challenges in Implementing Occupational Assessment and Certification Programs in Mekelle Zone of Tigray Regional State

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Addis Ababa University


The purpose oj the study was to determine the successes achieved and the challenges Jaced during implementation oJthe assessment and certification programs carried out by cac during the past two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) since its commencement. The study area was Mekelle Zone oj Tigray Regional State. For the execution oj this study, both quantitative and qualitative data were collected through questionnaires, interview, FGD, and document review. In this endeavor, Questionnaires were distributed to those TVET teachers and graduates who took occupational assessment. Interviews were conducted with assessment center coordinators and TVET bureau officials. FGD was held with the cac experts including the director. For data analysis, tabulated Jrequency number and percentages were employed. The major challenges revealed by the study include the lack oj independency and inappropriate organizational structure oj the regional cac; inadequate Jacilities oj ACs; shortages oj financial, material, and human resources in cac; poor standard oj assessment tools; and inefficient assessors. The status oj IACP was low. However, there were some successes achieved the most important oj which was cac became a potential to create competent citizens who can contribute Jor the development oj their country by encouraging trainers, trainees and other citizens to upgrade their knowledge and skill according to the required standard. It was concluded that though there were Jew successes achieved, there were so many challenges that impeded the effective implementation oj the programs. At last, based on the findings oj the study, some possible suggestions were Jorwarded which include making the regional cac independent oj TVET and improving its organizational structure; capacitating the existing ACs and striving to get others; empowering cac and strengthening its human, financial and material resource capacity, preparing standardized assessment tools in all occupations and levels; and Assigning competent, trained and experienced and committed industry assessors.