- Photo of a teacher trying to teach ICT using the blackboard has surfaced
- The troubling picture begs the question of how poorly Ghana is doing to expand ICT across rural zones
- Government still believes it hopes to make Ghana an ICT-driven country
A picture of a young teacher struggling to teach a primary class the basic knowledge of Information Communication Technology (ICT) has emerged.
This picture is already making the rounds on social media as concerns are being raised over why such a deprived class could not have been granted access to at least a desktop computer to aid pupils know what a computer is all about.
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In the picture, you can see the teacher drawing in clear pictures, what a Word document looks like for his pupils on a black and faded chalkboard.
Despite massive efforts by the government to improve ICT education in Ghana, it is obvious that the deficit of infrastructure and non-availability of internet connectivity has left the subject minimized the impact of the subject to imaginary works on blackboards.
Earlier in January, Starr FM reported of how the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), together with the ministry of communications, embarked on a program to extend ICT to rural and deprived communities across the country.
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This move by the ministry is, according to the government, aimed at making Ghana "an IT-driven country".
The value chain of ICT education in Ghana continues to face troubling challenges especially since most ICT teachers in the rural zones have less to no knowledge of ICT.
In fact, a recent report by Joy News shows how an ICT teacher in the Kpandai district of the Northern Region literally lied and misled his uninformed and gullible class of 6 to 10 year-olds with his own interpretation of how to create a folder.
In the report, the teacher is seen having his tenses terribly disjointed, raising questions over his entire pedigree as a teacher.
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Meanwhile, there are calls for the government to prioritize re-training of all ICT teachers especially those in the rural and peri-rural zones of the country.
Government is also being called upon to speed the construction of ICT laboratories across all rural communities in the country.
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