State sorry over night ICT exams

THE Ministry of General Education has apologised to parents and learners for the inconvenience caused during the Grade nine computer studies examinations on Monday.
Ministry of General Education spokesperson Hilary Chipango said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that it is was not the ministry’s intention to have the grade nine pupils to write the computer studies examinations late in the night but that it was due to circumstances and challenges “beyond its control” such as inadequate computers and power cuts that some schools experienced.
Some pupils in Lusaka finished writing their examinations around 05:00 hours yesterday due to inadequate computers.
“The ministry would like to take this opportunity to appeal for calm among parents and learners as the computer studies examination will not be a compulsory subject to determine qualification to Grade 10.
“We would also assure parents and learners that such an experience will not happen again in future examinations,” Mr Chipango said.
And Examination Council of Zambia director-general Michael Chilala said the ministry has resolved that in future examinations, computer studies examinations will be done within a period of three days to avoid what happened in this year’s exams.

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