Starting in November this academic year, the government will distribute free tablets to prospective students in government Senior High Schools, the Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum announced at the 2nd edition of the STEM Roadshow.
“I can assure you this is not a political talk. I have seen the tablets with my own eyes. It has been tested in a number of schools and the learning management system is under construction and it is coming to a school near you,” he added.
The Education Minister in his address at the STEM event said about 30 schools are going to experience learning through a learning management system with the use of tablets to access contents that have been uploaded online.
Reacting to the allegation that the government has neglected basic education, he said modern educational infrastructure with state-of-the-art learning logistics and laboratories are being put up to advance quality STEM education in basic schools.
“The government has not forgotten basic Education in the country. With the support of the Arab Development Bank, a number of school buildings are being pulled down new ones are replacing them. The government is constructing model Junior High Schools including biology, physics, and computer labs,” Adutwum said.
The soon to begin distribution of the free tablets follows the Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s promise that the government as part of the digitalization agenda will distribute electronic tablets to students this academic year.
Speaking at the 74th Annual New Year and School Conference at Great Hall and ISSER Conference Centre, Dr Bawumia said he had been informed the government is on course to provide the tablets to all Free Senior High School students.
“We are on course to provide all Senior High School students in Ghana with tablets preloaded which are loaded with textbooks on them for their studies. That is a game-changing development,” the Vice-President said at the conference.
Aside from the electronic tablets loaded with textbooks, the Vice-President said the device will also contain WASSCE for School past questions to help students prepare adequately for the international examination this academic year.