The Member of Parliament for Cape Coast North, Ebo Barton Odro has underscored the importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the nation’s transformation process, and therefore, called for intensified ICT education.
In that regard, he said, the country cannot afford to neglect its introduction at the basic education level, explaining that it was a pre-requisite for empowering all pupils at the basic level with the necessary skills in ICT.
Mr Odro, who is also the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, was speaking at the commissioning of two ICT centres at the Pedu M.A. Cluster of Schools and the Effutu M.A. Basic School in the Cape Coast Metropolis at separate ceremonies.
The provision of the ICT facilities, which were financed by the MP, is aimed at boosting the teaching and learning of ICT among pupils in the constituency.
Mr. Odro explained that the reason for providing the facility was to ensure that pupils in his constituency became computer literate, as well as use ICT to enhance their academic work.
He said that since ICT was now an examinable subject, there was the need for students to take keen interest in the learning of the subject in order for them to perform creditably.
He indicated his intention to provide two additional laboratories for pupils in the constituency by the close of next year.
Mr Odro urged teachers in the schools to ensure that the students used the computers for the required purpose and not to engage in negative acts that would defeat the purpose.
He also appealed to teachers and management of the schools to ensure the adoption of a strict maintenance culture in order to prolong the life span of the facility.
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Director of Education, Ms. Florence Inkoom, in her remarks, commended Mr. Odro for his contribution towards improving the level of education in the metropolis.
She noted that the establishment of a Science Resource Centre which was championed by the MP had helped in improving the teaching and learning of Science in the area.
The Queen Mother of Effutu, Nana Amba Eyiaba,for her part, urged the pupils to refrain from using the internet to watch pornography as well as engaging in cyber crime popularly known as sakawa.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast