The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, revealed the government’s initiative to distribute over 1.4 million tablets to students in Senior High Schools (SHS) as part of the free SHS policy, aiming to enhance the quality of education nationwide.
During his speech at the Wesley Girls SHS speech and prize-giving day, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum emphasized the significance of this move in fostering a technology-driven learning environment. He elaborated that the tablets would facilitate online learning activities and homework through a planned learning management system. Moreover, the Minister stressed the importance of equipping teachers with the necessary training to effectively utilize these tools.
Furthermore, he highlighted the intention to enhance classroom infrastructure by integrating more smart boards, thus creating a comprehensive technological ecosystem conducive to learning.
The distribution of the tablets is scheduled to commence within the next two months, ensuring that each student benefits from this educational resource. This initiative aims to revolutionize teaching and learning practices in public Senior High Schools across the country, ultimately contributing to the advancement of education in Ghana.
There are also plans to make free internet accessible to Senior High Schools and Tertiary institutions to improve teaching and learning.
Government has said it has already awarded the contract for the first batch of Wi-Fi installations to begin in some second cycle and tertiary institutions as part of the project.
This when rolled out for SHS students will see students receiving tablets loaded with textbooks.
This is part of the government’s effort toward the digitalization of the education sector in Ghana.
According to him, the tablets to be given to second-cycle school students will be preloaded with all essential textbooks and learning materials
It could be recalled that the Vice President of Ghana Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has made similar promises since November, 2021. He said that plans are far advanced to provide tablets for Senior High School (SHS) students across the country.
According to him, this move is part of the government’s agenda to digitize every aspect of the economy.
He said the government is in discussion with publishers of the textbooks to preload all the tablets with all the required textbooks.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia made this known when he spoke at the Ashesi University in the Eastern Region on Ghana’s digitization drive under the theme “Transforming an economy through digitalization: The Ghana story”.