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24 Aug 2015

Rlg Assists Government in boosting ICT education...As Teachers Undergo Training

Rlg Assists Government in boosting ICT education...As Teachers Undergo Training

Government has given a major a boost to Information Communication Technology (ICT) as an integral part of the Ghanaian education system with the launch in Accra Thursday of Phase 2 of the nationwide ICT training for teachers from basic schools.

The Ministry of Education has entered into an Agreement with Rlg to train, develop and improve the ICT knowledge and skills of basic school teachers across the country.

The programme is under the Government’s Basic School Computerization Project.

The goal of the ICT training programe, according, is to introduce ICT in the basic schools throughout the country to enable basic school pupils acquire the requisite skills in ICT usage and also enhance effective teaching and learning.

The Director of Rlg Institute of Technology, Mr. Kwaku Nsiah Mensuo, explained at the launch yesterday that, to ensure the full success of the project, it became necessary to train the teachers who impact knowledge onto the children.

Mr. Mensuo disclosed that the training programme for 31,000 teachers is expected to take a maximum of three months.

He said the training is organized in batches for a period of one week, starting each Monday morning to Friday evening.

Currently, Mr. Mensuo indicated, there are 105 centers across the country with 3,500 teachers to undergo training each week.

“We have engaged a team of knowledgeable ITC experts on Microsoft to conduct the trainings; and the issue of proximity has been addressed to avoid trainees having to travel long distances to the learning centers”, Mr. Mensuoh assured, adding “We at Rlg are clearly guided by the objectives of training, which is to ensure that teachers, as resource persons, as well trained and deep in their knowledge in ICT in order to enable them to effectively handle ICT tools in the teaching and learning process”.

He said the programme was first launched in December 2012 and training has been ongoing since then. The Minister of Education, Prof Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, who presented the keynote address, cautioned that the provision of the ICT training should not replace preparation of lessons notes, emphasizing that it should not replace teachers’ presence in the classroom and neither should it replace support from parents and students’ efforts in achieving quality education.

She warned teachers to desist from sacking school children for payment of extra-classes fees. The minister noted that the practice of resorting to sacking children from school because of extra classes’ fee is tantamount to putting hurdles on the future of the children.

Prof Opoku-Agyemang demanded that teachers be compelled to stop putting barriers to the future of children.

She said the tendency of teachers resorting to extra classes with the excuse of giving quality education is unacceptable, particularly when such extra classes could rather be tailored for those who need it most.

“Let us not put barriers to the future of our children. Let us not run after directors of education seeking for letters to demand for extra-classes fees. I feel very bad when I see children being sacked or sent home for fees for extra classes. If we continue to do that we are lowering the profession. Let us raise the bar,” she said.

The minister explained that “Every student knows which teacher worked hard. Prof Opoku-Agyemang also chastised teachers who chase directors of education for letters to ask parents to pay for extra classes. She emphasized that teaching is a noble profession and urged all stakeholders to ensure that Ghana gets the best quality education.

The minister challenged teachers to make teaching very relevant. Prof Naana Opoku-Agyemang indicated that teacher-absenteeism has reduced drastically in the past months.

She acknowledged that this positive development was not only because of the monitory and supervision by the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education alone but also because of the dedication and the realization of the teachers themselves to take back their chosen profession.

The minister disclosed that various stakeholder seminars are being held across the country with the aim of addressing challenges confronting teachers, adding that she visited another science and mathematics workshop in Kumasi and she was pleased with the discussions.

On a lighter side, Prof Opoku-Agyemang said the teaching profession may not come with a lot of monetary rewards but assured that the profession comes with a lot of blessings and urged the teachers not to renege on their call to duty.

She commended Rlg for taking up the mantle to train the over 31,000 teachers drawn mainly from the basic school levels.

Credit: thegeneraltelegraph.com

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