By Yusuf Yerima - The Minister of Basic Education, Madam Youssouf née Hadidja Alim, has signed an order instituting the writing of Information and Communication Technology, ICT, in all official examinations organised by her ministry, beginning this 2010 session.
It should be recalled that in recent years, government has created ICT centres in some institutions around the country where computers have been stocked for the training of young Cameroonians in computer Education.
In the same light, the Ministry of Basic Education had also instituted the teaching of ICT in all primary schools and Teacher Training Colleges around the country. It was no surprise therefore when the Basic Education Ministry signed the order instituting ICT evaluation in official examinations.
Experimental phase order
According to the evaluation of the teaching of ICT, which will be in its experimental phase, will begin this 2010 examination session, and to end in 2011. Within this period, the ICT exam questions will be optional and the marks earned by the candidates will serve as bonus marks the order states.
The Minister’s order specifies details as to the type of exams, the duration and the coefficients of the different exams. Accordingly, the exams involved are First School Leaving Certificate, FSLC exam, the Teacher Grade One Certificate exam and the Competitive Entrance Exam into Government Teacher Training Colleges GTTCs.
Duration and Coefficient
The order states that the ICT paper in the FSLC will last for one hour and with a coefficient of one (1), while ICT paper for the entrance exam into GTTCs and Teacher Grade One Certificate exam will both have duration of two hours each, and having the same coefficient of one.
Minister Youssouf Adidja in the order urges her external collaborators including Regional Delegates, Divisional Delegates and the Inspectors of Education in the sub divisions to take necessary measures for the strict respect of the instructions given as concerns the ICT evaluation.
Ready to be examed
Meanwhile in a chat with The Vanguard Newspaper recently, the Inspector of Basic Education for Bamenda 2 Sub Division, Clement Angwafor Mankefo said the school children within his area of command were quite ready for ICT evaluation this examination session.
Not taken seriously
He stressed that all schools in Bamenda 2 including government, denominational and private were already involved in the teaching of ICT. Mankefo however said some five teachers of Government Bilingual School Ngomgham 1, were issued query letters for not taking their ICT teaching seriously, “But for these few cases, the bulk of teachers were very serious in their ICT lessons,” Mankefo observed.
According to the Inspector of schools in Bamenda 2 Sub division had just written mock exams in which pupils’ performances in ICT were better off than in subjects like Mathematics and French. Mankefo observed that the Minister’s decision to include the evaluation of ICT in official exams was a welcome idea. “This decision of the Minister will spur teachers and pupils to work even harder,” the Inspector said.