Govt prepares to avert ICT school exam chaos


THE Ministry of General Education is focused to ensure that this years information, communication and technology (ICT) examinations are successful, says ministry spokesperson Hilary Chipango.

He said in an interview that the ministry has started implementing measures to ensure this year’s examinations are a success compared to last year’s.

Mr Chipango disclosed that the ministry was procuring computers for schools.

He also said the ministry is sourcing generator sets and solar panels for schools without electricity.

“I can comfirm that we have started procuring computers for schools in order to prepare for the exams, we are also procuring gensets and solar panels,” he said.

Mr Chipango said the procurement shall be done in phases and in collaboration with the Zambia Information Communication  Technology Authority (ZICTA).

“The first phase shall be to procure 3,000 computers and the process will continue,’’  he said.

Mr Chipango noted that the current process of procuring computers was a supplementary one because some schools already had computers.

And the ministry was also planning a long term development of ICT in schools because the subject was important in the current global environment of technology.

The spokesperson disclosed that in the long term the ministry will work hand in hand with the Rural Electrification Authority to ensure that rural schools are connected to the national electricity grid to make it easier to implement the ICT subject.

He said the project by Rural Electrification Authority will benefit many schools in rural areas.

Meanwhile, Mr Chipango said the Ministry of General Education is committed to the provision of quality education.

The introduction of ICT subject and examinations in the school syllabus has been marked with challenges due to the lack of facilities and power in schools.

Last year a number of schools had challenges implementing ICT exams with some pupils writing at midnight and early hours of the morning.

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