Ministry of General Education wins NAQEZ kudos


THE Ministry of General Education, the Examinations Council of Zambia (ECZ) and teachers across the country have been highly commended for the manner in which they executed the 2016 Grade 9 computer examinations. National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ) executive director Aaron Chansa said that there was proper planning because the examination sessions did not go beyond the normal working hours like it happened in 2015. “On account of good planning, the computer examinations were well managed this year,’’ said Mr Chansa.  He said that very few anomalies were recorded this year because the Ministry of Education only allowed schools which were well prepared to sit for the exams.   He said such schools had computer facilities which enabled the pupils to do their exams in an ideal environment. Mr Chansa told the Daily Nation in Kitwe that it was regrettable that some schools in Zambia could not manage to conduct the Grade 9 computer examinations because they did not have the capacity to do so.   “However, we want to strongly appeal to the Ministry of General Education to make sure that enough computers are bought and distributed to all schools in all the 10 provinces of Zambia,” said Mr Chansa. Mr Chansa said if the ministry acquired enough computers for schools in both urban and rural areas that would be the simple way of making computer studies a compulsory subject in Zambia at Junior Secondary School level.  “Globally, information communication technologies [ICTs] have become indispensable in terms of importance because they are applied in each and every different phase of life,’’ said Mr Chansa.  The executive director said many countries have totally embraced ICTs in all the spheres of people’s lives and it was for that reason NAQEZ wholly supported the introduction of computer studies in Zambian schools.