Access to ICT education in remote areas must be seen as a right – Minister

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ellembelle and Deputy Minister for Energy, Mr Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah has indicated that access to Information Communication Technology (ICT) by schools in remote communities must be treated as a matter of right and not a privilege.

He said ICT was crucial in the academic growth of students as it enabled them to rub shoulders with their counterparts in the cities who had access to the facility and created a level playing field for all in the final examination.

To this end, the MP has donated 30 brand new Dell computers with accessories to the Ellembelle District education directorate at Nkroful to enable students in the area to the study ICT.

Making the presentation, he pledged his sustained support to the educational growth of the District and appealed to the Directorate to assist in this direction by bringing their expertise on board to improve the standard of education in the area.

Mr Buah prevailed upon the Education Directorate to ensure that the computers got to students in the classroom to improve their ICT score in examinations.

The District Director of Education in the Ellembelle District, Mrs. Caroline Gyimah thanked the MP for the gesture and promised to utilize the computers judiciously to the benefit of the students.

She reiterated the need for the education directorate to get a brand new pick-up vehicle for the purpose of effective monitoring to ease the stress officers went through during monitoring, adding that effective monitoring would keep teachers at their post to enhance good quality education delivery.

In a related development, two volunteers from Israel, in partnership with the MP, are in the District to train teachers in ICT to enable them to work effectively and also to transfer their knowledge to students.

The volunteers, who will stay for a period of two (2) months, would take the teachers as well as other interested groups and students through Word, Excel, the Internet, and general knowledge in computer usage.

Source: GNA

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