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We need to bridge the digital divide in the educational sector- Napo

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Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education

The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, is stressed over what he calls the “electronic divide” in the middle of attempts to digitise education and learning in Ghana.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show’s Ed-Tech Monday, the Education Minister noted that the inequality gap was a crucial difficulty in improving remote and also distance learning education and learning.
Though family members with ways have actually been able to keep sustained schooling from home online after disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, most of households seem to have been left.
“For the vast number of schools and parents who are technologically challenged… it has been a big challenge,” Dr. Opoku Prempeh indicated.
“We have had to rely on other methods like learning on television even though we have a whole suite of internet-connected programmes that we are doing.”
The obstacles regardless of, the Minister said it was necessary to make “ICT [Information and Communication Technology] part of our education both as a tool and as a subject and leveraging it across the whole world.”
Most pupils have gone to home since March 22, 2020, after institutions were closed in line with public gathering protocols.
Although the time at home showed the guarantee of digital education and learning in accordance with the government’s vision, Dr. Opoku Prempeh noted that the facilities gap required to be bridged.
“COVID-19 has just precipitated our hugging of technology but what is lacking is to be able to get more digital devices for our kids.”
Along with the lack of equipment, Dr. Opoku Prempeh lamented the absence of preparedness of teachers who are not technology-friendly.
“I have gone to a school where they have computers and it is in the headteacher’s office because the teachers can’t use it,” he recounted as an instance.

Source: Ghana Waves

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