Ensuring Quality through Stakeholder Engagement: Syllabus Revision at Aga Khan University Examination Board

Raabia Hirani, Naveed Yousuf, Shehzad Jeeva
2018 International Journal of Innovative Business Strategies  
Pakistan's first private autonomous national examination body for secondary (SSC) and higher secondary (HSSC) school certifications, Aga Khan University Examination Board (AKU-EB), revised its syllabus review and revision process in 2015-16. It has recently completed one cycle of syllabus revision using this new process. One of the key features of the revised process is the greater engagement of all the identified key stakeholders at different stages of the review process. The stakeholders
more » ... de students, teachers, content and examination specialists, teacher trainers and university faculty. The objective, mode and level of engagement of each stakeholder differed depending on their stake in the syllabus and their expertise. Current literature on engagement of stakeholders in curriculum revision emphasizes its importance for maintenance of quality, particularly according to the Total Quality Management (TQM) model of education and curriculum development. However, such engagement has often proved difficult, especially on the national level. The paper discusses the method which has recently been successfully used to engage diverse stakeholders in the syllabus review at the national level. Furthermore, it discusses how this process meets the requirements of TQM. It also discusses the benefits, challenges and impact of this process.
doi:10.20533/ijibs.2046.3626.2018.0022 fatcat:f2pkpl47bjhthkvjbil3zd75ry