The membership of the NCTVA Certification Task Force (CTF) held a meeting with representatives of iDT Labs at the NCTVA Conference Room, Tower Hill, Freetown on Thursday, 23rd May 2019. iDT Labs is a Sierra Leonean company that was contracted to develop the Integrated Certification Software (ICS), as part of an EU and German government co-funded project, implemented by GIZ, meant to assist the NCTVA in the development of a web-based system for exams registration, result checking and automated certification. iDT Labs representatives Mrs. Tuzlyn Bayoh and Mrs. Athira Ramanan attended the CTF meeting to share with staff the work plan for the development of the ICS.
In her presentation, Project Management Specialist Tuzlyn Bayoh said that the assignment entailed three phases. The Project Inception Phase started on 6th May and involved a series of meetings to elicit stakeholder comments to be incorporated in the design of the process flow.
During the Go-Live Support Phase, the software would be completed, and all feedback and suggestions incorporated. Key personnel handling the system will then be trained, including four pilot institutions in Kenema, Lunsar and Freetown. This would lead to the development of a technical and a user manual, for use by the software administration team, technical staff and the general userbase comprising TVET students.
By October 2019, iDT Labs will have completed the software and training. They will prepare a final report and then hand over the system to GIZ and NCTVA. Furthermore, there will be a period for post-implementation assessment on user adoption in January 2020.
After the presentation, comments were made by NCTVA staff, the GIZ representative Mr. Sebastian Wenz and others. On behalf of the Director, the Co-Chairman of the CTF, Mr. Wilfred Mansaray, thanked the iDT Labs delegation for sharing their plan with the CTF. Moreover, he assured the team that NCTVA would play its part to the best of its abilities so that the proposed activities are carried out as planned and on time.