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Ministry Trains Basic Education Teachers in ICT

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Thirty one thousand (31,000) basic school teachers are under-going ICT training at the RLG Institute of Technology in Accra. The programme is being organised by the Ministry of Education (MoE) and RLG.

The training forms part of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry and RLG to train, develop and deepen ICT knowledge of Basic School teachers across the country.

The programme was first launched on December 5, 2012 and this year’s training, which will last for three months, is the second phase.

Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Education Minister, launching the programme, said Ghana’s education reforms in 2004 and 2007 were to increase access, equity and improve quality delivery of education. Significant achievement has been made in accessibility; however, quality of education remains a challenge which calls for other strategic interventions including teacher’s development.

According to the Hon. Minister, ICT in Education is widely considered as critical in increasing the effectiveness of education in the teacher’s performance and attaining learning outcomes for the learner. Therefore, the Ministry has introduced ICT in Education to facilitate quality achievement.

She urged teachers to encourage critical thinking skills, promote information literacy, and nurture collaborative working practices to prepare students for a new world in which no job is guaranteed for life and people can switch careers several times.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang observed that ICT has changed the way people work and transformed the educational system, as a result of its advantages, countries are now investing enormous amount of resources and efforts into ICT in Education. This she said will reform education systems and Ghana cannot afford to be left out.

Technology would help in the integration of ICT in Education to help improve the teaching of subjects such as Mathematics, Science and social Studies. She said teachers were currently being trained in Mathematics and Science across the country to make the subjects more relevant and interesting for improved performance.

The Hon. Minister said the ICT in Education training is to enable the sector Ministry and the Ghana Education Service (GES), to train 31,000 Basic School teachers in ICT skills for the 2015/2016 Academic year.

She however cautioned that, the training would not replace the teacher and lesson notes and therefore urged teachers to make lesson notes and only conduct extra classes for students who need them. She emphasised that teachers should not make it compulsory but rather spend quality time on task.

Mr. Francis Kofi Avugbey, Director, ICT at the Ministry, said with the evolvement of globalization, the direction of teaching has changed thus it is incumbent on the teacher to learn something new to impact positively.

This he noted calls for change in policy to meet the targeted development of the country. The ICT training for Basic School teachers was to speed up education service delivery to meet challenges to make teaching easy and interesting.

He advised the teachers to take their training seriously for the right teaching skills to help the children.

Mrs. Elizabeth De Sousa, a Deputy Director-General, GES, commended President John Dramani Mahama and the Ministry for ensuring the training and advised the trainees to be punctual for their own benefit.

In a welcome address, Mr. Kwaku Nsiah Mensuoh, Head, RLG Institute of Technology, noted that the teaching of ICT just like any other academic discipline requires deep rooted understanding and appreciation of the intricacies that come through training.

He said each teacher would be given a set of learning materials and a certificate upon completion of the training.

Mr. Enoch H. Coibbinah, Chief Director, Education Ministry who chaired the meeting, said the training is to ensure that teachers, as resource persons, are well trained in ICT to enable them effectively handle ICT tools in the teaching and learning process.

Each participating teacher will be presented with a laptop for their various schools.


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