Need to Change the Contents of Computer Science at Secondary Level
Author(s) : Nadeem Zahra & Maqsooda Hussain
Computer literacy is necessary to understand the power of modern technology and to help the students in preparing them for the future professions or occupations. Pakistan formulated National Information and Communication Technology strategy for Education (NICTE) in 2004-5. To introduce Computer Science subject at secondary level, Punjab IT Lab project was launched by the provincial government of Punjab. Under this Project 4286 computer labs were established in public secondary schools of Punjab in 2009.The purpose of this study was to investigate the problems, found in outdated computer Textbook of grade 9th at secondary level. It was a review of a text book. The study was quantitative. A survey instrument was designed to collect data through questionnaires. A simple random sampling technique was used to select a sample of Head teachers, computer teachers and students of the schools. The population of the study was high schools of Sargodha Division. The study was delimited to 226 Head teachers, 226 computer teachers and 452 students during the session 2012-2014. Data collected, were analyzed by applying percentage and mean score. The findings revealed that Content standards needed to be upgraded and updated to match the market requirements and internationally competitive in order to better prepare those students who were not going on further studies. Ms Office might be included in part 1 of the Computer Science to make computer education meaningful and relevant to the needs of the students.
Keywords: Contents, Computer Science, Secondary Level