Format test, qualification for IT literacy
The Star - Monday, 24 January, 2003
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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Computer Confederation (MNCC) has signed an agreement with British-based qualifications awarding and testing body NCC Education that would promote IT literacy through the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) qualification.

MNCC has endorsed the ICDL qualification and agreed to support NCC Education in promoting the ICDL qualification throughout Malaysia, NCC Education said in a statement.

MNCC is Malaysia's national body of computing professionals. NCC Education offers a wide range of IT education and training programmes for students, end-users and IT professionals.

NCC Education launched the ICDL in Malaysia in 2002. The MNCC endorsement comes at a time when Malaysia has recognised that to maintain its status as a hub of IT skills the country needs a workforce of highly IT literate individuals, NCC Education said in its statement.

This means that all employees, not just those working directly in IT, need to have IT skills. The ICDL is ideal for establishing the general PC user skills required, it claimed.

"We expect that the qualification will prove to be popular in Malaysia as the country is striving to raise the IT literacy levels of its citizens," said Joe Ormerod, NCC Education's Asia Pacific regional business manager.

"We are expecting a great deal of interest from businesses, private education centres and training centres wanting to offer the ICDL," he said.

The seven ICDL modules cover the main aspects of IT: Word-processing, Spreadsheets, Databases, Presentations, Internet Use, Operating Systems and Basic Concepts of IT.

The standards for the ICDL have been set jointly by the major European Computer Societies. In Europe it is known as the European Computer Driving Licence. The ICDL is the only EC recognised IT qualification.

To obtain the ICDL students must pass each of seven course modules.

Worldwide ICDL is administered by the European Computer Driving Licence Foundation. In Southern Africa it is administered by the CSSA which has established the ICDL Foundation of SA for this purpose.

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