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
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.