Orientation Held for SMU Support Staff on

National Competency Exit Exam 

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A half-day sensitization event on National Competency Exit Exam (NCEE) was held for SMU office/unit heads and support staff at SMU Main Campus on September 24, 2022. Introductory remarks were made by Ato Tsegaye Gebissa, Executive Assistant to the President, followed by opening speech by Wondwosen Tamrat (PhD, Associate Professor), President of St. Mary’s University. 

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In his opening speech the President reminded the staff that SMU had provided Competency Exit Exam for ten to eleven years and is a pioneer in the practice of providing the exam among both public and private HEIs. He informed the participants to take the administration of NCEE, which will take place as of 2015E.C., as an opportunity as it will help to identify graduates with better competence and also encourage the efforts of institutions like SMU, which already have ample experience in such a practice. He also reminded the staff that they have a pivotal role in making the administration NCEE happen and urged them to support instructors and students at all their capacity.  

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The orientation was provided by Ato Shimelis Tamiru, Academic and Research Desk Coordinator and Ato Tesfaye Teilahun, Student Support and Institutional Resources Desk Coordinator under the President Office, SMU. Their presentations focused on the definition of NCEE; its goal, benefits and thematic areas; what has been done so far, the remaining activities, challenges that might encounter, and issues to be considered, among others. 

During the discussion session, where the staff actively participated, they raised questions and their concerns to which both of the resource persons responded in detail. In attendance were 31(9 male and 22 female) SMU office/unit heads and support staff.

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