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Let’s chart way forward IAC exams

MAY you please allow me the space to invite a national debate from all Institute of Administration and Commerce (IAC) students nationally, particularly second and third level students.

Helvetica, sans-serif”>Attaining this qualification has become very difficult and attaining high level marks next to impossible for the higher level stages ever since the board localised.

Our premature joy at not being asked questions related to South Africa was short-lived as instead, goal posts continuously get shifted at examination time.

Questions which are clearly beyond the syllabus are asked, presentation formats which can be found in any of the recommended texts are also requested.

Whenever queries are raised the explanation is that one is not reading wide enough or keeping abreast of current trends in their respective disciplines.

What increases the level of frustration is that examiners’ reports are never forthcoming ever since localisation to guide a student in terms of the new parameters invented at each examination.

Having just written my third level management paper, my bone of contention is with the opening question on this paper. We were required to discuss a so-called “4Cs” approach to human resources management.

In the aftermath of the exam I consulted all the respective recommended texts right from level one to date without success. Apart from that, it was so highly-technical as to be inappropriate for a general management examination and even the human resources student had no clue on what it was.

I would like to now pose a few questions to the IAC (Zimbabwe) board, the mother board in South Africa, as well as the Ministry of Higher Education.

How can a national examination have no single student exceeding 60%? How come then that despite great availability of reference materials and higher calibre lecturers, pass rates are continuously declining?

Why are questions and presentation formats not in the recommended texts or beyond the scope of the syllabus allowed to be used? Are the examiners and moderators engaged familiar with the requirements of the syllabus? Why are pass rates much lower now than when examinations were set and marked in South Africa?

What makes this more frustrating is the great cost at which professional qualifications come both in terms of time and money. The IAC pass qualification is even stricter having no midway mark such as a credit but just a distinction and pass.

At some stage we also have to present these qualifications in competition with other professional institutes such as CIS, SAIM, ZAAT and ACCA and the manner in which the qualification is being administered will render us inferior when transcripts are used.

May the institute, Ministry of higher Education and fellow students respond and debate on the way forward.



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