In an era where mobile phone use in schools continues to aid students in learning, Ghana is still upholding its ban on mobile phones use in SHS. Noting the effect of this ban, the 2018 Most Outstanding Teacher, Nicolas Mawunyo Gborse, has appealed to Government to consider lifting the ban on mobile phone usage by students at the Senior High Schools (SHS) to facilitate teaching and learning.
According to him the world is in an era of information communication technology (ICT) for teaching and learning and therefore, students at the SHS level would be left behind in the use of ICT if the ban is not lifted. He felt that if telecommunication companies introduced special mobile phones, these could be used conveniently by students at the SHS for research and access other learning software applications on the Internet without having access to pornographic sites.
Mr Gborse, who is an English and History Tutor at the Bishop Herman College, Kpando, in the Volta Region won the maiden Ghana Teacher Prize in 2018, the rebranded version of the hitherto Best Teacher Awards, said the government should make conscious efforts to make the study of ICT a tool for teaching and learning across all levels of the education ladder.
He said it was frustrating that some teachers at the basic schools had to draw the various components of the computer on the chalkboard to teach, while pupils had to learn ICT imaginatively.
“As a nation, we have to make conscious efforts to integrate the teaching and learning of ICT into our teaching methodology and re-train teachers who are not ICT savvy,” he pointed out.
He further explained that education should be a comprehensive and holistic process and, therefore, underscored the need for government to double its efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning so that Ghanaian students could compete competitively at the global arena.
On the issue of furniture deficit in some basic schools, he appealed to government to pay attention to it because the lack of tables and chairs was hampering the quality of teaching and learning.