Three Presby JHSs receive ICT equipment
Date published: October 8, 2012
The Upper Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Bolgatanga, with support from Connect 4 Change, a Dutch development organisation, has presented Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to three Junior High Schools of the Church.
The equipment include six desk top computers, one laptop, a projector, wireless modem, one UPS, and one printer each to the Bolgatanga Presby JHS and Garu Presby JHS, all in the Upper East Region, and the Gambaga Presby JHS in the Gambaga District of the Northern Region.
The presentation formed part of benefits of a five-year pilot project dubbed ICT4 Educational Development Project (ICT-FED). The pilot project is expected to be extended to other districts of the church, including Navrongo, Wa, Sandema and Walewale.
Mr. Cletus Zoot, an ICT expert, said the overall objective of the project was to improve teaching and the learning performance of students at the basic level in the three pilot schools in the Upper Presbytery of Ghana, leading to increased passes in the Basic Education Certificate Examination by 30% by 2015.
The project also seeks to improve the use of ICT tools/applications by teachers and school administrators in teaching and learning, as well as the management of schools based on data, while aiming at establishing a well resourced computer lab for each of the pilot schools, installed with e-content and data management software for administrators and teachers to improve data collection, teaching and learning.
It will also build the capacity of teachers in the pilot schools to use ICT tools to research and assess information.
Presenting the equipment to the heads of the recipient schools at an educational forum organised by the Church in Bolgatanga on the theme; “The current challenges for quality education: The role of the government and the religious bodies in partnership,” Rev. Esmond Wasau Nagba, Chairperson of the Upper Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, said the role of revamping the fallen standards of education was enormous, and must therefore, not be compromised.
It was against this background that the church, through its collaborator, introduced the project to equip students, teachers and managers of the beneficiary schools to facilitate data collection through the use of the internet.
He observed that the results of the BECE over the years in the region had been dwindling thus, the collaboration between the church and its partners to provide ICT materials.
He was, however, worried over the increasing level of indiscipline among teachers and students, which he said, was responsible for the dwindling standards of education, especially at the basic level.
He said the surge for the moral fibre was dwindling, as occultism and indiscipline had found their ways into the churches.
In order to instill discipline in teachers and students, so as to revive performance, Rev Nagba reiterated the church’s call on the government and the Ghana Education Service to give back all mission schools to their respective religious bodies.
The participants, mainly head teachers and teachers of Presby schools at the forum, were drawn from the Upper East and Upper West regions and parts of the Northern Region.
A retired educationist, Mr. Francis Avonsige, observed that lateness to school, lack of teaching and learning materials, poor supervision due to lack of transportation for school managers, were some of the challenges impeding quality teaching and learning.
He, therefore, called on all stakeholders to do more to address these challenges.
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