Digital dimension of education: project will bring free wifi to universities and senior high schools Featured

By NANA YAW DWAMENA August 15, 2019 2546 15 comments

Universities and senior high schools across the country are to benefit from free wifi connectivity in the next two years in order to assist teaching and learning by staff and students, Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia has announced.

By the end of this year, one university and three senior high schools will be used to pilot the project, the Vice-President declared.

He said with the government digitising sectors of the economy which will become major drivers of growth, it is imperative that young Ghanaians be allowed to explore their potential for the benefit of the country.

Dr Bawumia said this yesterday when he addressed students of the LCI Anagkazo Bible and Ministry Training Centre in Mampong in the Eastern Region during activities to mark International Youth Day.

“We do this not because we just want to provide free wifi, but it is so fundamental. Most of the information we need today is on the internet. So we want to make sure that students, the youth, have access to that information. We are going to build a new country, a new economy, and you are going to be the drivers of the economy,” he declared.

“We believe that even in the area of education, digitisation is going to be very important in getting the best teachers from the best schools to be accessible by the less endowed schools.”

Human capital

Dr Bawumia again said the Akufo-Addo-led government is focusing on education because all the evidence from across the globe shows that the countries with the strongest economies got to where they are now by developing their human capital.

“It is not the gold that we have. It is not the oil that we have. We have seen countries with no gold or bauxite, but countries with education ‒ that is what they have,”

Dr Bawumia said. “It is not going to be easy but it is going to be fruitful.”

This is why President Akufo-Addo is focused on education as a way to build Ghana, Dr Bawumia reiterated.

“The government sees this as a holistic and co-ordinated approach if we are to ensure inclusive and equitable, quality education,” he said.

The NPP government, under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo, has demonstrated that with the introduction and implementation of bold initiatives, Ghana can achieve the aim of transforming the country’s education system, he said.

Open access

Many of the challenges which students once faced in gaining access to quality education have become a thing of the past, the Vice-President said.

Formerly, many students could not afford tuition fees or even textbooks, he said. Today senior high school tuition is free and all basic schools have received free textbooks.

He also cited the inability to train enough teachers because teacher trainees’ allowances were abolished under the National Democratic Congress government led by President John Dramani Mahama.

Dr Bawumia recalled how the new NPP government introduced the free senior high school system, restored the teacher trainees’ allowances and gave free core textbooks to senior high schools across the country, all as testament to its commitment to education.

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