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ZAMBIA'S ICT PROFESSION NEEDS STANDARDIZED QUALIFICATIONS, SAYS TRAINING BOSS

Zambia needs a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) so that Qualifications are standardized, writes Balancing Act's Zambian Correspondent Timothy Kasolo.

Speaking at the Computer Society of Zambia (CSZ) organized seminar on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) training standards Director of Training Standards Division Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) Ernest Kazonga said that the framework will help the ICT profession in terms of structures relating to qualifications.

"If Zambia had NQF like South Africa, all the standards in terms of qualifications will be standardized, a professional with Bsc in Computer Science will be different from a person holding a Diploma in Computer Science looking at what they know and can do," Kazonga said. He added that the training standards includes Curriculum, equipment and tools staff qualifications and experience, accommodation for training, delivery of training and assessment.

Kazonga explained that there was need for ICT professionals to seat together with TEVETA to come up training standards in the field of ICT. And CSZ president Milner Makuni explained that the ICT profession needs to be guided by certain codes of conducts.

He added that CSZ has drafted a bill to ensure that quality of the ICT profession in Zambia and it will soon be an act of parliament.

He said that the graduates from the two universities in Zambia that major in Software development needs to start writing and make programmes because 95 percent of application packages in Zambia are imported.

Makuni added that the graduates are so skilled that they are able to write and create packages that Zambians can use because proprietary software is very expensive.

CSZ is in the process of developing CSZ ACT of parliament which shall give legal power to the society to all ICT professionals and practioners.

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