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Thursday, March 17, 2005 - The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports has developed interactive CDs for use by students in Primary and Secondary schools. These are: Common Entrance Examinations (Past Questions and Answers), Mathematics Games for Primary Schools, and Learning Geometry for Secondary Schools

The CDs were developed as part of a collaborative project between the Information Technology Unit (ITU) and the Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), aimed at promoting software development within the school system. This initiative involved teachers and students from a number of Secondary Schools on the island. Participants were trained in the use of Macromedia Flash, and were then able to assist in the overall production of the materials.

The main aim of the software is to provide students with an opportunity to get extra practice at home using a medium which they enjoy the computer. Some of the features include: Timing on questions, Scoring of answers, Immediate feedback, and Easy navigation.

The Common Entrance CD contains past questions and answers from 2000 to 2004. These include Mathematics problems, English Language Comprehension and Composition, and two multiple choice papers. The Mathematics CD contains a variety of Math games suitable for primary school Grades 3 6.

The CDs are currently on sale to members of the public from the Information Technology Unit, Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports on the Castries Waterfront. The Common Entrance CD is being sold at a cost of $40 while the Mathematics Games cost $30 each.

Proceeds of the sale will go towards the long-term development of software for schools. Persons are asked to REFRAIN FROM MAKING ILLEGAL COPIES OF THE SOFTWARE, AS THIS VIOLATES COPYRIGHT LAWS CURRENTLY BEING ENFORCED IN ST. LUCIA. In addition, persons purchasing the CDs will automatically qualify to win prizes such as a digital camera or printer.

The IT Unit would like to thank the various persons who contributed to the overall success of the project. Persons may contact the Unit at (758) 468-5248 for further details.

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