Use of the External Examiner System in African Universities


  • Helen A. Burgess cnm, msn, mph

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    • Helen A. Burgess is a graduate of New York Medical College midwifery program and has an M.P.H. from Boston University. She has worked as a nurse-midwife in the U.S. in New Mexico, Kentucky, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. In Africa she has worked in Malawi, Sudan and most recently taught for two years at the University of Zambia. She is a former member of the ACNM Division of Examiners.

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This article discusses the role and functions of the external examiner, a system based on British educational models used in many African universities. The system tries to help achieve quality in education. The author served as an external examiner in midwifery for two years in Malawi.