- Basic schools to be provided with computers within three years
- The plan is aimed at providing equal opportunities for all children of school going age to become computer literate
Though there are hundreds of schools nationwide, most of them are without computer laboratories. Those who have either don’t have computers or have but aren’t enough. It is for this reason that the Ministry of Education has put in place a three-year strategic plan to provide public basic schools with computers within three years to fast track the learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, who divulged this recently at a program in Agona East District of the Central Region said the plan is aimed at providing equal opportunities for all children of school going age to become computer literate.
He was speaking at a ceremony at Ofoase when he presented four lap tops each to the Agona Ofoase AEDA Basic and Agona Nintah AEDA Basic schools.
He expressed regret that in the 21st Century where computers had made the world a global village, some children in Ghana only see computers on television or in books. With regards to practical lessons in ICT he said the non-availability of computers made them difficult, with some teachers in rural areas having to improvise to teach the children.
Prof. Yankah said this situation had compelled the Ministry of Education to draw the three-year strategic plan to ensure that every child of school going age gets the opportunity to learn ICT practically.
He said, the computer was a panacea to poverty, hunger, diseases, human resource development and economic empowerment and asked teachers not keep the computers in their offices but use them to teach the children.
He urged parents to prioritize the education of their children adding that they could mortgage their cocoa farms or sell lands to finance the education of their children.
Prof. Yankah said, the Ministry would soon issue a priority list for the construction of dilapidated classroom blocks of junior high schools. The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Agona East, Mr Dennis Armah-Frempong, said the Assembly had submitted the designs for the construction of junior high schools and completion of teachers’ bungalows to enhance teaching and learning.
The Agona East District Director of Education,Vida Mintah Amoah, expressed concern about the increase in teenage pregnancy cases among school girls and appealed to the parents and other stakeholders to help reverse the trend.