The Municipal Director of Education for new juaben south Mr. Mustapha Haruna Appiah has expressed worried and concerned over lack of Computers and also ICT Teachers in most of the Basic Schools in New Juabeng Municipality.
The situation he said has created huge gap between the teaching and learning of ICT in most public schools.
According to him, teachers have to improvise or share their personal laptops with their pupils in shift during ICT practicals.
The Director of Education added that, out of the 52 public basic schools in koforidua. None of them has a computer Lab well equipped or stocked with computers. There are some with just 2 Desktop or 1 desktop for a school with a population of 150 and Beyond. Making it impossible to have each student to a computer which is a challenge to ICT education in the municipality.
Therefore appealing to NGOs and other benevolents to come and support schools in the municipality with computers to mitigate the challenge.
He made the disclosure when a group called Families Of Today For Tomorrow supported the Sakordie M/A Cluster of School with educational Stationaries and 5 desktop computers to enhance academic activities especially in the field of ICT learning.
The Education Director added that the Mp for the new juaben south has assured that, soon a 2 e-smart schools will be open by the Education Ministry to help address the situation.
An ICT Teacher of the Sarkodie M/A Basic School Mr. Michael Osei Ampah commended the group for the few desktops donated to them even though not enough he believes it’s better than none.
He explained that, he offers his personal laptop to the students during ICT practicals instead because there are many pupils that needed to have a hand touch to the use of the computer but there are no computers.
The situation he said sometimes compels the teachers to borrow laptops from friends outside to augment their practical activities.
Therefore appealed for more assistance in the field of ICT to help the pupils in their academics.
Meanwhile the Leader of the Group, Families Of Today and for Tomorrow, Rev. Dr. Nana Ama Owusu explained the motive behind the gesture and said there are a lot of needs in the community and government alone cannot bear all responsibilities hence the need for all individuals and organizations to contribute their support.
She reiterated the need for the country to prioritize ICT education and provide the necessary devices for the schools to enhance teaching and learning.