Girls’ school heads discuss cyber threat

The Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has urged the youth to actively and diligently apply themselves in acquiring information and knowledge towards a bright future, rather than hooking up onto the internet all the time unproductively.

She was opening this year’s Forum of Heads of Girls Senior High School (FOHGSHS) at Ho yesterday.The week long forum is under the theme, “The cyber menace”.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang, said that although the world had shrunk and societies were now more connected under the impact of the internet, there was much more to learn under the guidance of teachers, parents and the community.

She pointed out that “getting something by the click of the mouse was not an end in itself and neither would a digital equipment by itself deliver quality education and replace the role of teachers in the classrooms.”

Real knowledge, she said, was foremost, about knowing oneself.

The minister said that education or knowledge acquired without discipline would be of no good to society, and, therefore, called for the constant monitoring of the use of the internet as a key to its successful implementation.

She said it was time the country committed greater resources to the educational system to facilitate the training of people to produce computers locally so as to promote technology transfer..

Professor Opoku-Agyemang noted that that misguided use of the Internet by some young people had led to negative social trends in recent times.

She wondered, for instance, how someone in his or her right senses could share his or her nudity with the whole world through the internet.

Professor Opoku-Agyemang also urged teachers to constantly seek further professional development to impart greater cognitive skills in students for them to use ICT positively.

Earlier, the Volta Regional Minister, Madam Helen Ntoso, said that the youth were better positioned to understand and benefit from the introduction of new technologies “and in the same vein participate in the delinquencies associated with them.”

She observed that some of the youth may be naively or ignorantly associated with such negative trends and that it was important that they were well educated on the use of ICT to keep off the wrong tracks.

The National President of FOHGSHS, giving the objectives of the forum, said it was formed in 2007 with a commitment to promote the provision of quality and holistic education for girls in their formative years.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho

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