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ICTs in Education

Dear All,

It's become obvious that the new tool "ICT" is gaining grounds in the educational sector in most countries. In a country like Ghana, ICT has become a subject of study in basic and second cycle institutions. Despite the many challenges facing ICT education, students and teachers are eager to learn ICT. The bigger problem is the limitation of ICT tools. The mobile phone for instance is the most commonly used ICT tool in Ghana, but it is amazing to hear that students are not allowed to use mobile phones in schools there by putting a limitation on the recognition of the mobile phone as an ICT tool. There are many things students can acomplish with the mobile phones. For instance, they could use it to access news updates, use them to do calculation, send messages to their parents, as well as communicate in other ways to ease thier daily activities.
 The issue of mobile phone use by students came up at a GINKS workshop organised on "ICT in Education"  in Tamale, Ghana, which brought together teachers, Heads of schools and other private stake holders in education. While some teachers were of the view that , students should not be allowed to use mobile phones while in school, others were of the view that, they could be allowed to use mobile phones but that they need to be sensitised to avoid misuse. 

It is therefore prudent for stake holders and NGO's working in the area of ICT and education to do some thing about it.

Abdul - Rashid
www.savsign.org




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USE OF ICT

Comment Author

Chimanga Kashale

Wednesday, 20th April, 2011

I totally agree with all of you people, but i think students should not be allowed to use mobile phones while attending lectures. They ought to switch off the phones and turn them on only after the lesson. Disallowing the use of mobile phones can be appropriate in primary schools but not in secondary schools, colleges and universities as people at these institutions are already mature and responsible.
As regard to the ICT enhancement, our country Zambia is still behind. Most of the government institutions are still using the old fashion of record keeping etc . More still needs to be done.
Chimanga Kashale



I agree

Comment Author

Abdul - Rashid Imoro

Friday, 22nd April, 2011

 Hi,
I think I agree with you on that. But its not only your country that is still holding to the old form of doing things. Even in Ghana, most government institutions are sill running the paper to paper system. It will take time, but ICT would soon take over.

Abdul Rashid
www.savsign.org

Mobile phones in schools

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Joel Kamba Baguma

Wednesday, 20th April, 2011

Dear Abdul,
It is interesting that you have identified the potential of mobile phones in schools. it is at the same time unfortunate that you cannot implement your idea in schools due to restrictions on the use of the  gadget for students.
I somehow agree with the restrictions on use of mobile phones by students but the restriction should not be indefinate.
students should be allocated time to access and use their mobile phones pegged on a project or assignment given by a teacher otherwise the generation of students in the 21st century will misuse the phone to satisfy other motives definately.
For example in Uganda where there is tight competition among telecom companies, there are times when phone calls are absolutely free and people can talk for hours in this case it would be chaos for the students.
as i mentioned above, mobile phones can be used by students but with defining the time of use and setting what to achieve within that time.

Joel

Mobile phones in schools

Comment Author

Abdul - Rashid Imoro

Wednesday, 20th April, 2011

Hi Joel,

It's true that it would be chaos during free call period. But I think if students are educated about positive use of the mobile phone and the hazards associated with long telephone calls, it would help.

Take a senario where students money for school is finished and the student can't comunicate with the parents or a situation where male teachers would take advantage of female students because the female students asked to use the teachers phone to reach out to the parents.  So its obvious that whether the student is allowed to use the mobile phone in school or not there is still some amount of danger.

Abdul Rashid

www.savsign.org

A necessary Evil

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ACHEAMPONG SAMUEL...

Monday, 18th April, 2011

It rahter very sad that our educational authoritiies are blowing hot and cold on the use of Moblile phones in our schools with the reason that the students will abuse it.But the fact remains that the benefits far outweigh the challenges and more importantly,now that ICT is gradually bein mainstreamed into our education,when will it be 'appropriate' to allow our students to use mobile phones!

Appropriate

Comment Author

Abdul - Rashid Imoro

Wednesday, 20th April, 2011

Hi Sam,

Thanks for your comments. I personally think the appropriate time to allow srudents to use mobile phones in school is now.

Abdul Rashid
www.savsign.org