Zimsec Continuous Assessment Learning Activities (CALA)

Continuous Assessment Learning Activities
CALA)
is a student continuous assessment method that was set to be implemented for the November 2021 session Zimsec examinations.

CALA includes learning activities, projects or assessment that require learners to perform, demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and proficiency. It contributes to 30 percent to the students’ final marks, while the rest 70 percent is gained with end of year in class examinations.

CALA was announced in March 2021 by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE), be implemented for grade 7, Form 4 and Upper 6, 2021 candidates. The CALA programme is not new as it is part of the 2015 adopted new curriculum but was set aside due to lack of resources for implementing it.

CALA for external and private students

External and private candidates wishing to sit for Zimsec November examinations will have to approach their examination centres for assessment. At their centres, they will be given their CALA tasks and questions to perform at home and submit at a set date.

Example of a Form 4 Mathematics CALA task




CALA COMPONENT A

  • LEARNING AREA: Mathematics
  • LEVEL: Form 4
  • CALA TYPE: Pen and paper
  • SYLLABUS TOPIC: Statistics Pg 63
  • SYLLLABUS SUB-TOPIC: Data representation Pg 63
  • CALA TITLE: Safety of learners when crossing the junction at your school.

COMPETENCES / SKILLS:

  • Data collection
  • Data representation
  • Measures of Central tendency

BACKGROUND

Your school is on a busy road .

  • CALA DESCRIPTION: This CALA consists of three parts,Part A ,Part B ,Part C

PART A

  • Collect data within a period of 15 minutes to determine the number of traffic the traversing the junction at your school.

PART B

  • Draw an appropriate graph to show this information.

PART C

  • Analyse your data and make recommendations to the relevant authorities.

CALA TIPS

You may use the following points

  • Choose a time in the morning between 0630 and 0730
  • You can use tally system to count number of traffic passing through the road
  • You can use graph where required

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Marks will be awarded for

  • Evidence of method used to collect data
  • Knowledge of data presentation
  • Ability to present data clearly
  • Knowledge of data analysis

Example of a Form 4 Principles of Accounts CALA task




  • LEARNING AREA: PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTS
  • LEVEL: O LEVEL
  • CALA TYPE: Pen and Paper and Practical
  • SYLLABUS TOPIC: BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS(Syllabus page 18)
  • SYLLLABUS SUB-TOPIC: SUBSIDIARY BOOKS
  • CALA TITLE: Financial Literacy and Record Keeping

COMPETENCES/SKILLS

  • Data collection and classification
  • Research and analysis
  • Data presentation
  • Calculations and numerical skills
  • Interpreting numerical values

BACKGROUND

Learners are increasingly engaged in entrepreneurship, selling sweets, vegetables, freezits, tomatoes and participate in school and at home. Some are performing well and some are failing due to lack of financial knowledge.

THE CALA Task

Develop a research plan in order to come up with a brief report outlining how you can offer a solution to the above-mentioned problem. The plan should encompass the following parts, Part A, Part B and Part C.

PART A

  • Research on a goods sold at your school or nearby Tuckshop or business(10)
  • Observe and collect data concerning the quantities bought and sold by one business of your choice (15)
  • Record the data in your diary (5)

PART B

  • Draw up the subsidiary book , i.e columns and labellings of columns (5)
  • Record the information collected in the subsidiary book (15)

PART C

  • Interpret the information presented and analyse the usefulness of such information (10)

CALA TIPS

  • You may consider the filing of collected documents
  • You are reminded of the need to present the data accurately and neatness

TEACHERS CALA GUIDE

  • LEARNING AREA: Principles of Accounts
  • DURATION: 3 Weeks
  • LEVEL: O Level
  • CALA TYPE: Pen and Paper and Practical
  • SYLLABUS TOPIC: Books of Accounts(Syllabus page 18 )
  • SYLLLABUS SUB-TOPIC: Subsidiary Book
  • CALA TITLE: Financial Literacy And Record Keeping

COMPETENCES/SKILLS

  • Data collection and classification
  • Research and analysis
  • Data presentation
  • Calculations and numerical skills
  • Interpreting numerical values

DIMENSIONS/ CRITERIA TO BE ASSESSED

  • Demonstrating research techniques
  • Showing evidence of research through record keeping
  • Drawing up subsidiary books from such information
  • Using the information recorded to analyse the business performance

OBJECTIVES TO BE ACHIEVED

By the end of the CALA the learner must be able to:

  • Demonstrate research techniques
  • Show evidence of research through record keeping
  • Draw up subsidiary books from such information
  • Use the information recorded to analyse the business performance

CALA ASSESSEMENT PROCEDURE

Assessment will be based on evidence of:

  • Selection of the appropriate research technique to gather information
  • Submission of researched information
  • Selection of the relevant subsidiary book and recording of researched information
  • Presentation and accuracy of the information recorded
  • Ability to analyse financial information and suggestion on the usefulness of such information.

CALA Context

Students will collect, calculate and interpret accounting data on local small businesses. They will record and interpret the subsidiary books for the small firms.

Teacher Notes

Teachers should allow adequate time for the collection of the data and calculation of accounting data prior to pupils responding to the CALA items. Teacher should guide students on the research techniques to use and how they are collected.

ACHIEVEMENT STANDARD

  • DATE OF SUBMISSION:30/06/2021
  • LEARNING AREA: Principles of Accounts
  • LEVEL: O level
  • TITLE: Financial Literacy And Record Keeping

DIMENSIONS/

CRITERIA

EXCELLENTMARKGOODMARKSATISFACTORYMARKUNSATISFACTORYMARK

INADEQUATE

MARK
2020-1615-1312-109-54-0

Selection of the appropriate research technique to gather information and recording of such information

2020-1615-1312-109-52-0

Selection of the relevant subsidiary book and recording of researched information

1010-98-76-54-32-0

Presentation and accuracy of the information recorded

1010-98-76-54-32-0
Analyse financial information and suggestion on the usefulness of such information.
TOTAL ( 60)

Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.

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