Free SHS: The government’s commitment to provide iPads to SHS students appears uncertain.
Free SHS: According to the National Association of Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT), given recent events in the nation, it is doubtful that the central government would be able to carry out its commitment to provide tablets to senior high school learners.
NAGRAT President Angel Carbonu acknowledged that information and communication technology (ICT) can improve teaching and learning, but he also stated that the government will face obstacles in trying to meet the one learner, one tablet pledge.
“I support the addition of IT to teaching and learning activities, and I am fully aware that Ghana must treat IT very seriously at every level if we hope to shatter the glass ceiling that closes the door on the future.
The usage of ICT is the way to go into the future, therefore if we can bring connectivity to schools, then we can seriously start the journey of information technology teaching and learning.
If schools have connectivity, but the connectivity is not sustainable, it creates a difficulty.
According to Citinewsroom, he stated, “Looking at recent events, I foresee some challenges in the government being able to supply laptops to every student; however, we still have to keep hope alive, we don’t have a choice.”
His prediction follows Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia’s announcement that this year the government will provide free tablets to every second-cycle school student in the nation during a speech at a gathering in the Volta region.
Dr. Bawumia said he has been informed that the government is on track to give the tablets to every student enrolled in a free senior high school when he spoke at the 74th Annual New Year and School Conference at Great Hall and ISSER Conference Centre.
“We want to deliver tablets with preloaded textbooks to every senior high school student in Ghana by the end of the year. The vice president noted during the conference, “That is a breakthrough that changes the game.
He claims that in addition to the electronic tablets that come pre-loaded with textbooks, the gadget will provide WASSCE for School practise exams to aid pupils in preparing well for the worldwide test this academic year.