The Youth I.D.E.A.S. announced its latest report on
Increasing the Efficacy of ICT Education at Junior Secondary Level
Integrating the opinion from youth, teachers and experts, we found that ICT education at Junior Secondary Level plays an important role in developing students’ problem-solving skills and the ability to adopt ICT tools both for learning and daily life. It can also enable enhanced information literacy and life-long learning.
The research project conducted from March to May, 2019, highlighted a significant difference between teachers’ and students’ evaluation on students’ ICT ability. Among the 101 teachers surveyed, most of them expected students to be able to apply what they have learnt into work after finishing the Junior Secondary ICT curriculum, while the majority of the 590 student respondents claimed themselves to only recognize the names of ICT tools or simple operation procedures.
The study recommended the Curriculum Development Council modify its current curriculum guide to strengthen ICT education, by requiring schools to allocate at least 5% lesson time (equivalent of 2 periods per week) on it, and introducing ‘Information Literacy’ as a compulsory content of the curriculum, with at least 10% of lesson time dedicated to it during ICT lessons at Junior Secondary Level.