Computer education must in high school : UTEA

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 10 (UNI) United Teachers Employees Association (UTEA) President Bikram Keshari Berma today demanded computer education be treated as a compulsory subject at the high school level here.

Introduction of computer as a subject at the high school level would help spread IT education and create more employment opportunities, Mr Berma said urging the Orissa government to introduce computer education in line with the CBSE and ICSE patterns.

The demand was made in the wake of the government's decision to drop the computer education from the curriculum of the high school.

Computer education was introduced in class eight, nine and ten as a vocational education in 2001, which was made an optional subject in class nine and ten after five years.

The UTEA President said around 1,800 teachers were appointed in various schools to impart computer education to the students.

But after problems cropped up in the evaluation of marks in the last High School Certificate Examination conducted by the Board of Secondary Education, the government decided to do away with the subject.

Mr Berma regretted the government's decision, which was taken after five years of teaching, demanding to declare computer education as a compulsory subject.

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