Teachers urged to make good use of ICT for teaching

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The Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, (AITI-KACE), Mr Kwasi Adu-Gyan, has asked teachers to make the best use of Information Communication Technology, (ICT) tools to enhance teaching and learning.

He said with the introduction of free Senior High School policy by the NPP government, teachers have the responsibility to ensure the students have the best of classroom experience to enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the national development agenda.

Mr Adu-Gyan was interacting with The Chronicle in Sunyani at the closing session of the World Bank sponsored   E-Transformation Capacity Building for teachers and education leaders in Sunyani.

The target of the model for teacher professional development is to reach out to about 200 schools, 1,400 teachers and 200 heads of schools nationwide.

It seeks to raise the teacher’s confidence and ability to use sound technological devices and skills for better service delivery.

Teachers in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, English, Integrated Science and Information Communication Technology, (ICT), participated in the training.

Mr Adu-Gyan said the introducing ICT into the educational process is an innovation which requires a radical change in the way our schools operate.

He said “technology creates an enabling platform for harnessing the potential of ICT in improving access to quality education, transforming teaching and learning, and enhancing student’s achievement”, and therefore urged teachers to use the knowledge and skills acquired in the training to enhance their performance.

According to Mr Adu-Gyan, effective use of information technology promotes wealth and growth, adding that ICT is a reliable tool for redistributing income, alleviating poverty, and pricking global competitiveness.

The Director-General of the Kofi Annan ICT Centre noted that the teacher is a powerful rootstock on which any educational system grows, and for that reason, the government would continue to improve the quality of teachers.

“We all appreciate that the product of a poorly equipped, motivated teacher in the system is stunted growth and poverty. That is why the government has policies aimed at enhancing teacher performance which is key to the provision of quality service to the child”, Mr. Adu-Gyan said.

The Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) have been working with some organisations, including UNESCO, to assist teachers to perform their duties well.

The ICT for Education programme, Ghana e-Transform Teacher Professional Development programme and Senior High School Connectivity Project, as part of the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), provide teachers and heads of schools with enhanced pedagogy and professional competency in ICT for school and classroom practices.

The e-Transform Project promotes access, equity and quality of learning with the core principles and thematic streams of Ghana’s educational policies and objectives.

The E-Transform programme uses an Open Education Resources (OERs) which are free for use in all educational purposes, including the development of course modules and lesson plans.

It features Technology Pedagogy and Content Knowledge (TPACK) which has three forms of knowledge that the teacher needs and they include; Technology Knowledge (TK), Pedagogical Knowledge (PK) and Content Knowledge (CK).

The Module is organised in four units with each unit made up of TPACK component to assist teachers to experiment with TK, PK and CK combinations in their classroom practice.

And these four units comprise exemplary ICT MEIS lessons (TCK), ICT for implementing pedagogical strategies (TPK), teacher computer practicals(TK) and templates for application of technology in MEIS lesson plans and classroom practice (TPACK).

Schools from the Brong-Ahafo, Northern and parts of the Ashanti Regions participated in the training.

The schools from Brong-Ahafo include, Mim SHS, Jinijini SHS, Dormaa SHS, OLA SHS and the Kintampo SHS.

The rest are, Twene Amanfo Senior Technical and High School, Chiraa SHS, Acherensua SHS, Adehyeman SHS, Akumfi Ameyaw SHS, Hwidiem SHS, Jema SHS and the Salvation SHS.

Submitted By: Francis Owusu Ansah

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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