Submitted by Abdul - Rashid Imoro on Monday, 18th April, 2011 — News item
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