MINESEC and iPLANS SA Partner to Give Technical and Vocational Education a New Momentum
Henceforth, training for students in Tertiary Sciences and Technology will be commensurate with the standards needed in the business world, thanks to Pack Education software package developed by iPLANS SA.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) thereto was signed on Friday, 14 October 2022, at the Distance Education Centre, by Prof Nalova Lyonga, Minister of Secondary Education, and Joseph Kamgue Takougang, CEO of iPLANS SA, a national technology company.
Through this partnership, the Ministry of Secondary Education (MINESEC) materialises its aspiration to make digitalisation an integral part of the teaching and learning process in Technical and Vocational Education. The end goal here is to enable learners in Tertiary Sciences and Technology acquire digital skills so that they can smoothly integrate the business world. With this, the knowledge gap which is often identified as the major shortcoming in technical education products will be addressed.
iPLANS SA has been approved following a selective process, as having the appropriate technology and know-how to support MINESEC in this endeavour.
The technology company will have to install Pack Education in technical and vocational schools with specialties in Tertiary Sciences and Technology, as well as provide training to both teachers and students in its use. Pack Education is a customized and integrated management software package developed by iPLANS SA to ease training and knowledge transfer in some technical education trades.
Talking during the ceremony, Joseph Kamgue Takougang, CEO of iPLANS SA, presented the added-value of the partnership for both his company and MINESEC: “on our part, more jobs will be created and the economy will grow. From MINESEC side, students will be better trained and their insertion into the professional world [will be] easier. Teachers will all enjoy the simplicity of teaching exactly what students will use later in their professional life.”
Speaking on behalf of Prof Nalova Lyonga, Minister of Secondary Education, the Secretary-General, Prof Fabien Nkot, used this opportunity to comb through the series of innovations spearheaded by Prof Nalova Lyonga, following the very high instructions of the Head of State, His Excellency Paul Biya, one of which is to promote Technical Education in the country. He hailed the fair and competitive process initiated by Prof Nalova Lyonga that led to the selection of iPLANS SA and urged “the people of iPLANS SA as well as collaborators in MINESEC to draw all the benefits from this collaboration”.
Aimé Ngidjol, Senior Staff/CELCOM