Headteachers urged to be computer literate

Teachers need to be abreast of ICTHeadteachers and teachers have been urged not to see age as a limitation in the acquisition of knowledge in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
According to Mr. Richmond Atta- Williams, Head of ICT at the Ghana Education Service (GES), age must not be a barrier in gaining relevant knowledge and skills in ICT.
He described as unfortunate the perception of some heads of basic schools describing themselves as “born before computer age”, which have prevented them from studying the subject.
He was speaking at the Third Annual Conference of Heads of Basic Schools (COHBS) in Ga South Municipal Assembly, on the theme, “Enhancing school management practices through ICT, the role of the Basic School Headteacher,” in Accra yesterday.
He said that enrollment in computer training programmes would enable them grasp basic knowledge that would enhance their duties and daily operations as headteachers, adding it could be learnt within few months.
Ghana, the head of ICT said, need critical experts in ICT to transform the country into a more knowledge-based society to help it to integrate with the rest of the world.
The days of log books, registers and cumulative booklets, he said, were fast giving way to computers and electronic devices for recording and processing of data.
“It is for this reason that the GES, with the support of the Ministry of Education, is vigorously pursuing a series of school computerisation programmes, such as ICT For All where headteachers and teachers are being trained,” he said.
He called on them to collaborate with school management committees to put teachers especially ICT teachers on their toes through effective and efficient monitoring of teaching and learning in relation to the subject.
He added that this would enhance teaching and learning considering that the subject was examinable at the basic education level.
Mr. John Gytasen, Chairman of COHBS, Ga South Municipal, for his part, said that there was still more to be done in the improvement of learning in schools in the municipality.
Mr. Gytasen said the conference was a manifestation that they have recognised the critical role basic school heads play in the delivery of education.
He said that there have been several collaborations between the educational directorate and headteachers to build their capacity in the form of training workshops.
The Municipal Director of Education, Mrs. Margaret Frempong-Kore, cautioned the headteachers not to operate schools in absenteeism, saying such practice would not be tolerated.
Mrs. Frempong-Kore said that teachers would also absent themselves from school when there is poor supervision from their heads.
She urged them to help in nurturing the talents of children, and encouraged them to put in their best in spite of the low remuneration.

By Emelia Enyonam Kuleke

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