THE Ministry of General Education has assured the nation that it is ready to conduct this year’s information communication technology (ICT) examinations for Grade 9.
The ministry’s spokesperson Hillary Chipango confirmed this to the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday.
Last year, ICT examinations which were supposed to be compulsory for examination classes were not held as the Government could not provide computers to all schools to conduct the practical aspect of the examination.
But Mr. Chipango, who described the 2015 ICT examinations as a scandal, said the ministry had put in place measures to mitigate the challenges it faced.
He reiterated that the ministry had procured 6,000 computers which were yet to be distributed to selected schools countrywide.
“We are more than ready to conduct this year’s ICT examinations; we learnt a number of lessons from last year’s experience and one of the major measure we have put in place to mitigate the challenges that we faced is that as a ministry we have procured 6,000 computers soon to be distributed to selected schools countrywide,” Mr. Chipango said.
He also indicated that the ministry had increased the days of writing the ICT examination.
Mr. Chipango disclosed that the examinations would be written in three days.
“We have also added days of writing these exams. As you are aware last year these exams were written in one day, which led to candidates writing exams late at night since we did not have enough computers then.
“But now this year’s exams will be written in three days. Even when the schools will have limited computers, all pupils will be given chance and we won’t have that challenge that we had last year,” he said.
Mr. Chipango however said that not all schools would be subjected to the ICT examination.
He said only schools which proved ready were asked to register for the examinations.
“In as much as these computer studies are compulsory, when it comes to writing exams this year, it is not every school which will be subjected to these exams. Only those schools that are ready were asked to register for this exam. It won’t be all the schools as was the case last year,” he said.