More than 6,700 laptops have been handed over to Ghana’s Volta Regional Coordinating Council for distribution to the region’s 280 basic schools.
Ghana’s minister of education Lee Ocran, who handed over the computers, said each of the basic schools would get 24 laptops.
As part of the consignment, 280 trolleys where the laptops would be recharged were also delivered to the council.
Speaking to the basic school teachers at the delivery of the computers, the minister said the government is not reneging on its earlier promise of laptops for the teachers. According to him, the plan is still on course as the first 50,000 units are being locally assembled.
He reemphasized the need for improved access to computers at all basic schools in Ghana saying the government is very serious about it and has made it an important aspect of the government’s programme to raise quality of education in Ghana.
“Computers for all schools programme would soon discard the use of chalkboards for projectors to facilitate classroom instruction. I however oppose the free Senior High School proposal of some political parties, because it is better for the nation to extend access to education and the provision of infrastructure,” Ocra said.
According to him, the west African nation’s education sector is not doing badly, a position is said is concretized by the annual increase in the number of students from other countries who are regularly sending delegation to understudy some of the nation’s educational programmes.
While receiving the laptops on behalf of the basic schools in the region, Henry Ametefe, Deputy Regional Minister, promised that the computers would be distributed expeditiously.
Dey said teachers are being trained in batches as ICT lesson instructors.