Ministry distributes 54,000 laptop computers to basic schools

Mr. Kyeremeh (fourth from right) presenting a laptop to Gabriel Antwi.The Ministry of Education has distributed about 54,000 laptop computers to basic schools in nine regions to enhance teaching and learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

So far, more than 82,000 teachers have been trained in the technology since 2013, to help them teach and train their colleagues, so that they can effectively teach ICT at schools.

Mr. Alexander Kyeremeh, a deputy Minister of Education in-charge of Basic Education, announced these in Accra yesterday, when he presented 5,368 laptop computers to the Ashanti Regional Coordinator, Mr. Gabriel Antwi, for distribution to 1,800 basic schools.

He said the Northern Region would take delivery of the last stock of laptop computers on Thursday, bringing to an end the second phase of the programme, which aimed to distribute laptop computers to 35,000 basic schools nationwide.

Mr. Kyeremeh said government, through the ministry of education had provided ICT tools and materials to schools since 2009 to improve teaching of the subject in schools, noting that Ghana was fast bridging the technological and digital gap.

He said the computers were programmed with software that contained all subjects taught in basic schools.

Mr. Kyeremah said the equipment were meant for use by the schools, not individuals, and urged the beneficiaries to take good care of them.
The deputy minister said there were ICT coordinators in all the ten regions, who would ensure the computers, were put to good use.

Receiving the computers, Mr. Gabriel Antwi, Ashanti Regional ICT Coordinator, said they were useful tools for teaching and learning.

He said teachers in the Ashanti Region, were already imparting ICT knowledge to pupils, and hoped the distribution of the new laptops would facilitate teaching and learning Of ICT.

 

By Malik Sullemana

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