20 February 2013

Ghana: Schools Must Adopt Maintenance Culture

Ziavi — The Volta Regional Director of Education, Mr. Emmanuel Keteku has advised school heads and management committees to adopt maintenance culture that would ensure that government property, like free computers under their care, were properly used and protected to prolong their life span.

He noted that most times, government property were not protected but mis-used just because they belong to the state. He cautioned that computers being provided by government to schools should be handled with care to ensure that maximum benefit was derived from them by the present and future generations.

Mr. Keteku, who spoke at the inaugural ceremony of a computer laboratory for Ziavi E.P. Primary and Junior High School in the Ho Municipality, stressed the need for both teachers and students to take advantage of the introduction of Information Communication Technology (ICT) studies in schools, to enable them to be abreast with the rapid technological developments of the world.

He observed that ICT studies has become the pivot around which the study of other subjects revolve and urged teachers to take the training programme in ICT more seriously and to ensure that the teachers have the necessary competence to impact knowledge to pupils and students, who should also demonstrate high levels of commitment towards the study of the subject.

The Volta Regional Director of Education disclosed that so far, government had provided 6,000 computers for 290 schools in the region, and said the gesture from government had clearly shown its determination to ensure that pupils and students become computer literate before they complete school.

Mr. Keteku further disclosed that 1,200 teachers had also benefited from the computer training programme for teachers in the region to enable them to acquire the needed skills to enable them impact knowledge and skills to pupils and students, which would help the youth to competently use ICT for development.

He also urged the relevant stakeholders in education to play active roles that would help promote educational activities in the region, noting that the current 27 percent score at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) was not the best and the necessary steps ought to be taken to reverse the poor performance.

The Ho Municipal Director of Education, Mrs. Dora Humado, on her part commended the Paramount chief of the Ziavi traditional area for the special interest shown in the area of education, noting that parents and students should make relevant contributions that would go a long way to advance education in schools.

Mrs. Humado said computer studies should be seen as one of the important subjects in school and called for the formation of computer laboratory management committees to ensure regular maintenance of computers, as well as their effective use that would ensure that issues such as payment of electricity bills would not become a problem.

The Paramount Chief of Ziavi, Togbega Koku Ayim, lauded government efforts at providing computers for schools that would ensure that the youth would become computer literate before completion of school, which he noted would help promote rapid development of the country.

Togbega Koku Ayim stressed that one of the ways to promote education in schools in communities was to levy churches to willingly donate a percentage of their Sunday contributions to be used for renovation of school infrastructure to ensure that government was not burdened with such problems.

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