Ministry takes delivery of teachers’ computers

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

The Ministry of Education has taken delivery of the first set of computers meant for use by basic school teachers nationwide as part of the basic schools computerisation project.

The acting Minister of Education, Dr Joe Oteng-Adjei, received 1,250 laptops from the Group Head of Legal and Corporate Affairs of Rlg Communications, Mr Prosper Harrison Addo, at a ceremony in Accra Monday.

At the same ceremony, the first batch of teachers selected to undergo an ICT training programme graduated.

Last year, the government launched a programme to train 50,000 teachers nationwide in ICT with the aim of making them ICT literate.

The programme also aims at improving teaching and learning of ICT subjects in particular and teaching in general.

Each of the beneficiary teachers will be given a laptop to facilitate research and preparation of notes for teaching.

Three companies including Rlg Communications were awarded the contract to supply the 50,000 laptops.

Dr Oteng-Adjei expressed delight at the successful completion of the first phase of the training project.

He described as prudent, the decision by the government to ensure that teachers across the country were fully equipped to withstand challenges posed by ICT.

He said the ministry would continue to offer teachers every support needed to ensure efficient preparation of pupils for academic excellence.

The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Ms Benedicta Naana Biney, lauded the contribution of teachers to the development of the country and expressed the hope that the training and the laptops would further improve academic standards.

Mr Addo, announced that Rlg Communications had begun a process to install Windows 7 software on all 60,000 laptops supplied to basic schools at no cost to the government.

He announced the that company intended focusing on content development for the education sector.

Mr Addo called for the efficient use of the computers and the knowledge acquired to derive the desired impact.

The event was chaired by the Paramount Chief of Osu Traditional Area, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona.