The Ghanaian government is to add information and communication technology (ICT) to its schools’ curriculum by making computers and other gadgets available to students.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho West, Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah, has handed over more than 260 laptops to more than ten schools in the region as part of a nationwide distribution of free computer units to schools in the country.
At the presentation ceremony, Bedzrah reiterated the need for schools across Ghana to commit more efforts and resources to ICT education.
To ensure the goal of the government’s initiative is fulfilled, he asked various school authorities that are beneficiaries of the scheme to ensure students could readily access and make use of the donated computers.
He said: “I ask pupils to take advantage of the opportunity to become computer literate, to enable them to be abreast with the changing technological development of the times, which would not only enhance their personal activities, but also promote national development.
“I also ask the teachers to avoid taking the computers home for their personal use, and pupils, endeavor to take your computer studies lessons very serious because the government has decided to equip all basic institutions with computers.”
The computers are only used for teaching and learning and not for other purposes, which may hamper the vision of the government to ensure all students become computer literate.
Responding on behalf of the benefitting students, Liticia Duamekpor, a student of Form One Junior High School (JHS) at Ashanti-Kpoeta, thanked the government for the project.
Lithicia promised the MP they will take their computer lessons more seriously.