Cecil Nutakor, the Founder of E-Campus, has criticised the low or lack of political will for pushing for the usage of more modern technological equipment in schools to boost teaching and learning.
According to him, even the little effort by the government to introduce technology in schools have yielded less or no positive results.
The most recent has been a plan to distribute tablets to JHS and SHS students as part of moves to improve ICT facilities and the curriculum of ICT.
“There is this intention, there is this policy, but we just lack leadership. Nobody seems to have the [will] to take this to the latter end,” Mr. Nutakor said during EdTechMonday on the Citi Breakfast Show.
“So until we find the leader who has the [will] to actually take this thing from paper and get it to the hands of those rural areas then we can have a conversation.”
Mr. Nutakor also noted the role telecommunications have to play by expanding network infrastructure.
He said he had recently travelled to Botoku in the Volta Region and there was no network service.
“I felt I was dead. There was no service and there are 14 schools there. So those kids are dead.”
Also, on the show, Rashidatu Iddrisah, Head of Programmes for Young Women Empowerment at CAMFED Ghana, stressed the need for policy to make technology an integral part of Ghana’s educational system at all levels.
“A lot more should be done with regard to resourcing schools to make technology education more practical and fun.”
“GES needs to relook at how schools are being resourced to teach technology in a more practical way.”
Rashidatu Iddrisah further criticised restrictions on the use of mobile devices in public schools.
“I think with COVID-19 in the picture now, there is the need for policymakers to take a relook at this again especially when the government is also challenged with resources for schools.”