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English Paper 2 Form 3 End of Term 3 Examination 2019

Class: Form 3

Subject: English

Level: High School

Exam Category: Form 3 End Term 3 Exams

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English Paper 2 Form 3 End of Term 3 Examination 2019
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Prof Atieno Ndede-Amadi the head of the university’s school of Business at Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and associate professor of information systems and accounting, has embarked on a crusade to convince her peers of the need to introduce information systems (IS) analysis as a complete academic programme. She believes that the course would benefit young people interested in IT, as well as local enterprises that have had to rely on expatriates with the skill.

Prof Atieno’s concern arises from her own study. She established that despite a high demand for information system analysts there weren’t many Kenyans specially trained for the job.
As such, companies were hiring outsiders as local universities continued to concentrate on broad range computer science and programming courses, and failing to give much thought to IS analysis.

Information system analysts are trained to evaluate and develop technology systems to help business to run optimally. They identify user and consumer needs and translate them into technology solutions. Despite this critical function, there aren’t many people called IS analysts in the local market, and that’s because the universities here have not been keen to train in this specialization.

“A wide systems analysis skills gap exists in the country due to the absence of strong information system academic programs in local universities.” Prof Atieno states in her study report which is titled,” Information Systems Education in Kenya: Students Specialization Choice trends.” The work has been published in the International Journal of Education and Development using Information and communication Technology (IJEDICT). The study found that of all the 32 public universities and university colleges studied, none offered an information systems or management information systems degree. Only two degrees came close with four institutions offering a Bachelor of Technology (Business Information Technology) degree in varying combinations, and one university offering a Bachelor in Business Information and Management.

Prof Atieno says that if both students and university heads fully appreciated the value of information systems analysis, they would be more focused on it as an area of study. She actually established in her study that the supply gap of people with the skill is largely a result of ignorance. Globally, a majority of IS programs within universities are located in business schools, and they have names such an information systems, management information systems, computer information systems, business information systems, or business information technology. An IS degree programme combines business and computing topics, with the emphasis on technical and organizational issues varying from one programme to another, and also from one academic institution to the next. Generally, it bridges business and computer science, using the theoretical foundations of information and computation to study various business models and related algorithmic process within the computer science discipline.

According to Prof Atieno, organizations cannot effectively and efficiently do business without solid IS setups for connecting systems within as well as with its supply chain stake holders, such as vendors and distributors. Yet, many students aren’t aware of the possibility of a career in this field. In fact, the study found that only 11% of those interviewed knew about IS analysis as a possible area of specialization. “An Information system as an academic discipline seems to be largely unknown to high school students in Kenya, making it impossible for them to select it as an area of specialization in their university education,” it states. The net effect is that the level of IS education in the country has suffered, resulting in a deficiency in systems analysis and related skills.

1. What campaigns has Prof Atieno Amadi involved herself in according to paragraph one . (2mks)

2. Mention the consequence Kenyans face as a result of lack of personnel in Information Systems Analysis (1mk)

3. Explain the irony evident in the passage (2mks)

4. Enumerate the functions of an Information System analyst. (2mks)


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