The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Education Resource Centre (ERC) has said that all is set for the commencement of the implementation of computer-based examinations in the territory in 2015.
This was disclosed by the executive secretary of ERC, Dr. Musa Izom, at a one day ICT summit for secondary schools with the theme, ‘building a 21st century agile education system’ organised by Certified Systems Limited in Abuja.
Izom said that the FCT education secretariat has equipped most schools in the territory with ICT facilities, adding that training of teachers was going on.
He said, “the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is working very hard and we are ready to commence the implementation of the computer based exams as mandated by examination bodies in 2015.
“We have installed computers in schools in the FCT and teachers have been trained on ICT applications. In ERC, we have an ICT team who go round the schools to organise training for teachers. The training is done when the schools have gone on holiday; it is done in clusters between 50 and 100 schools.
“We have also bought vehicles which are ICT customized. We also have what we call ‘ICT on wheels’, it is used to train students, even without electricity. The results have been amazing. So we are still improving on it.”
In her remarks, a director in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Shiishi-Gyer, said that the government has mandated all unity schools across the country to establish an ICT centre, to enable students to embrace ICT.
She said, “The ministry is keen on ICT. In 2013, the Minister of Education made sure that all federal government colleges had an ICT centre, that is, an e-library. “What we are waiting for is for it to be launched. And a lot of money has been spent on this edifice, although the Universal Basic Education (UBEC) was asked to send textbooks. Our target is for all the students to be computer literate.”
Earlier in his remarks, the deputy director, UBEB, FCT, Mr. Ilori Austin, said the government was currently working on an ICT policy at national levels, saying it will trickle down to various agencies and parastatals in the states for implementation. (Leadership)
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