Ghanaian Chronicle

ICT labs for schools commence next year

Date published: November 7, 2012

Government will commence a new project to construct Information Communication Technology (ICT) laboratories for cluster of schools across the country beginning early next year.

The multi-million cedi laboratories will be equipped with modern tools and equipment to facilitate the teaching and learning of ICT, science and mathematics in basic schools across the country.

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Clement Humado announced this at a ceremony to handover laptops to basic, senior high and vocational schools in the Keta Municipality at Anloga in the Volta Region.

The 150 laptops were handed over to the Municipal Education Directorate for distributed to 13 beneficiary schools in the Anlo Constituency which forms part of the Keta Municipality.

The laptops were locally assembled by Rlg Communications Ltd., under the Better Ghana Laptops Project between the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) and Rlg Communications. They are meant to facilitate research and technological advancement in educational institutions.

The Minister who is also the Member of Parliament for Anlo Constituency predicted a resounding victory for the NDC, arguing the implementation of prudent policies and programmes makes the party favorite in the December general elections.

He said government was working assiduously to ensure the removal of the remaining 60% identifiable schools under trees in various parts of the country while ensuring the acceleration and expansion of ICT education and infrastructure at all levels of education.

The Minister reiterated NDC government’s desire to focus on quality education instead of quantity. He commended RLG Communications for their contribution to education delivery.

The Keta Municipal Chief Executive, Sylvester Tornyeavah said since assuming office in 2009, the NDC government has expanded the school feeding programme from the then existing 3 schools to 27 schools with 7,548 beneficiary pupils. He said 60,000 school uniforms had also been distributed to schools free of charge.

The Keta Municipal Director of Education, Mr. Edmund Gbettodeme, who received the equipment thanked government for the gesture, saying it would help enhance teaching and learning in general and ICT in particular.

The Corporate Affairs Manager of RLG Communications, Mr. Emmanuel Arthur asked beneficiary schools to take good care of the laptops to maximize its use.

He said the company has trained 710 mobile phone and computer technicians in the Volta Region alone who have been deplored to ensure regular servicing of the equipment in educational institutions.

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