Features Letter to the Editor

ICT, computer studies exist

Dear editor,
I WOULD like to comment on the debate on teaching Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) in schools. I must stress from the onset that nowhere in my letter did I say that ICT and computer are the same thing. I used the term ICT/ computer Studies to mean either ICT or Computer studies.
ICT that stresses the role of unified communications and the integration of  telecommunications (telephone lines and wireless signals), computers as well as necessary enterprise software, middleware, storage, and audio-visual systems, which enable users to create, store, transmit, receive, interpret, and manipulate information.
Computerstudies is about how computers compute not just about learning but how to use the computer! It is the study of ways of representing objects and processes, defining problems; analysing problems; designing solutions; developing, testing, and maintaining programmes.
ICT is being taught to grades 8 and 9 (so it’s not a big deal!). Computer studies are  being taught to grades 10 to 12.
I was handpicked to participate in a pilot project to introduce ICT into schools and as such was introduced to ICT at UNZA computer centre in 1997.
I was later sponsored for a tailor-made six-month course in teaching of ICT through Dr Paul Zambezi.
I have 18 years experience teaching ICT  and computer studies at primary/secondary/tertiary levels in both the public/private sector. I am a primary and secondary school teacher with various qualifications.
I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in ICT education with ICU under the parent South Korea-based university-KAIST. KAIST/ICU is ranked 55 in the world. So I am not just an end user; am a competent teacher of ICT/ computer studies!
RICHARD CHISALA

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