By Stephen Asante, GNA
Kumasi, Feb 21, GNA – The Principal of the Maria Montessori School, Mr. Bonsu Boaten, has urged a more aggressive push towards information, communication and technology (ICT)-based education.
He said this had become the standard model for effective teaching and learning and should be the way forward for the country.
The high point of ICT, he noted, was that “it comes with varied teaching aids” which tended to make it easier for pupils and students to have better grasp – understanding of whatever they were taught.
Mr. Boaten, making the call through the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi, indicated that many developing nations had been using ICT to address their own educational challenges.
He spoke of how computers had made it possible for learners in hard-to-reach areas - struggling with acute teacher shortage, to be connected on-line to improve their education.
He hinted of the launch of ‘One laptop per child’ initiative by his school to strengthen the teaching and learning of ICT.
The project, he said was being supported by ‘My Laptop Shop UK’, an England-based computer firm and this would involve the supply of computers to beneficiary pupils.
They were targeting children in the upper primary, and he added that, Siba Educational Consultancy was going to provide technical assistance.
“We want to reach the stage where every child is able to effectively and comfortably use the computer for his or her own learning purposes without any difficulty.”
Under the system, teachers’ would upload recorded teaching lessons onto the computer with question banks for all subjects.
Mr. Boaten noted that about 90 per cent of the current global jobs were in the domain of ICT, and therefore the need to go the extra mile to aid pupils and students become adept in ICT.