8 November 2018

Ghana: Govt to Develop Learning Website for Students

Vice President Bawumia interacting with some of the dignitaries after the opening session.

Government is developing a website for students at the Senior High School level to get access to lesson notes, examination questions, and relevant information from the best teachers across the country.

The rationale is to capture the teaching materials from the best teachers in the various subjects from the first grade schools and make them digitally available to students from less endowed schools.

Additionally, an offline version of the website known as the 'i-box,' a Ghanaian invention, will be introduced for students in schools where there are no internet facilities.

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia announced this yesterday when he addressed the Africa Regional Conference of the International Communication Association.

Dr Bawumia explained that the project was aimed at providing students from less endowed schools with lessons from the best teachers in the best schools in the country.

"We will look for the best teachers in mathematics, science, English,

et cetera, and record their lesson notes, examination questions and make them digitally available to students all over the country."

"So, even if you are in a school that is not as good as Mfantsipim or Achimota, you will still be able to know what is being taught in these schools through this website," he said.

The Vice President said a lot of work had already been done on the project and gave the assurance that the website would be launched soon for the students.

On the offline version, he said students would get access to the information on the website when they get access to the 'i-box' and urged the old students associations of the various schools to purchase the 'i-boxes' for their schools.

The Vice President indicated that the government was in talks with the various telecommunications companies to negotiate the possibility of allowing students to download from the website without data charges.

Dr Bawumia gave a briefing on a number of projects the government had introduced as part of plans to build a digital economy including the Digital Address System, Mobile Money Interoperability, among others.

He said the government would soon introduce an Emergency Number (112) that would automatically link all digital addresses in the country.

The Vice President asserted that every call received on the number would automatically pick the digital address of the caller for the necessary emergency response from the security agencies or ambulance.

"If there is crime, people can just call the emergency number. The call will come with the digital address of the caller for the police to respond," he said.

The Vice President was optimistic that the Emergency Number would also be launched by the end of the year.

The Dean of the School of Information and Communication Studies, Prof. Audrey Gadzekpo, the convener of the conference, said the programme would help promote communication research and scholarship in Africa.

The conference was held on the theme "African Digital Cultures: Emerging Research, Practices and Innovations."


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