Central pilots Lepard programme

National, Normal

The National – Wednesday, December 8, 2010

CENTRAL has become the first province to access the local examinations processing and results database (Lepard).
Lepard was designed for use by provincial examination supervisors in provinces containing various features for data entry for Grade 8 students’ names by schools and their results in the national examination.
“It also prints reports including list of students, examination with scores and statistics and others,” measurement services branch (MSB) acting director Greg Kapanombo said after a demonstration held yesterday at the administration office.
He thanked the provincial education officials who came forward with the proposal, adding that the programme would not have eventuated without the province’s initiative.
Provincial education adviser Titus Hatagen said manual method of data entry would now be a thing of the past with the introduction of the new data base.
“Most schools have already collected their Grade 8 certifications with results made available courtesy of Lepard.
“Graduating students this week should be able to get their certificates,” he said. 
Provincial administrator Raphael Yibmaramba who was also present at the demonstration commended the education department for selecting Central as a trial province.
He said once the software was downloaded into their systems, it would improve the province’s education services.
He hailed the system as a success that would deter future forgery of certificates.
The programme had been used since 2001 by MSB to enter candidate nominations, internal assessment and examination data, process results and print statistical reports and certificates for Grades 10 and 12.