Ghanaian students and researchers are set to receive 400,000 laptops to aid teaching, innovation and research next year.
President John Dramani Mahama made the ambitious announcement in Accra as he delivered a batch of equipment to institutions and individuals including 2,500 Persons With Disability (PWD), graduates of a 6-month ICT training at the Rlg Institute of Technology, a subsidiary of IT manufacturers Rlg Communications.
President Mahama said: “Government is compelled to comply with the constitutional mandate enjoining us to make education not only of the highest quality but progressively free.”
He added the project is an aspect of the government’s ongoing computerization initiative aimed at promoting growth through the deployment of ICT.
The laptops initiative comes on the heels of the successful implementation of two similar initiatives – the basic school computerization project and the Ghana Laptop project, which together distributed 160,000 free laptops to schools, institutions and individuals to aid ICT education in Ghana.
The president also reiterated the commitment of the government of Ghana to placing more emphasis on ICT in education in particular. He said he wanted an education sectors on that promotes expansion, ease of access, and quality improvement.