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Salesh Chand
HOD Computer


Introduction
Computer Studies is taught as an examination subject at Forms 5, 6 and 7 levels and as a core subject at all levels. In the core classes, students learn Microsoft Office Applications and how to use the internet. Computer skills are also taught to our vocational students. There are two specialized computer studies teachers at Khalsa College. The department coordinator is Mr. Salesh Chand and he is assisted by Mrs Priti Prakash. Mrs. Bhawini Haroon, Mrs. Madhu Nadan, Mr. Shalvin Raj, Miss Shalvindar Kaur and Mrs Yogeshni Ram are responsible for core computer classes.

Computing/Information Technology Careers
A wide variety of career options are available for computer specialists.  Some career options are – computer engineers, programmers, systems analysts, database administrators, network engineers, web designers, computer teachers/trainers, computer salespeople and computer technicians.
After doing computer studies at high school, students can continue with Computing Science, Information Systems or Information Technology at tertiary levels.

Why Study Computer Studies
In this 21st century, any career an individual pursues requires computer literacy. Hence, computer skills are a pre-requisite for a successful career in any field.

Computer Studies Department Vision and Mission
Vision:           to teach the dynamics of Information Technology to Khalsa students.
Mission:        preparing students to participate responsibly and dynamically in the commercial Information Technology environment.

Staffing


Name

Qualification

Institute

Year

  • Mr. Salesh Chand
  • B.A. (Information Systems, Economics).
  • Diploma In Applied Computing
  • Secondary Teacher Training Certificate
  • Certificate in PC Maintenance.
  • A+ Certification Course

USP

USP

FCAE
NZPTC
TPAF

1996

1992

1998
2005
2007

  • Mrs. Priti Prakash
  • Bed (Computer Studies)
  • Post Graduate Diploma In Educational Administration

USP

USP

2005

2009

Calendared Activities
There are Term End Exams for all forms and Mid  Term Exams in Terms 1 and 2. External exam forms do a Trial Examination and Annual Examination before they appear for external examination. The department also takes part in computer quiz organized by the South Pacific Computer Society.
At the end of the year Forms 6 and 7 students sit for FSLC and FSFE respectively.
Department Exam Results (in the last 5 years)


Year

FSLC Percentage Pass

FSFE Percentage Pass

2004

71%

66%

2005

46%

37%

2006

69%

61%

2007

76%

79%

2008

43%

80%

2009
60%
45%

2010 Targets

60%

90%

Other Department Activities
Computer teachers at Khalsa College are given the full opportunity to enhance their skills through regular professional development sessions. Teachers have helped each other to learn

  • Software skills
  • Software installation and configuration
  • Hardware installation and configuration
  • Managing a Local Area Network.

Challenges
It is a challenge for computer teachers to keep informed about changing technology and keeping their students up to date. The concept of lifelong learning is very significant for computer studies teachers.

Conclusion

The Computer Studies department  has received a lot of support from the administration and the management team of Khalsa College. The management has provided the resources which are needed in the department.  The administration has supported the department teachers whenever there was a need.  The teachers  are also commended for  working very hard in line with the Ministry of Education’s, school’s and department’s mission and vision.

     
 
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