Ghana Education Service has received a shipment of 200,000 laptop computers, which will be distributed to teachers across the country.
As part of the government’s plans for every teacher to have a laptop, the government has covered seventy percent (70%) of the cost of the laptops. Teachers are required to pay the remaining thirty percent (30%) for a period of twelve (12) months.
One of the key components of the New GES ICT Policy is the one teacher, one laptop project.
One teacher, one laptop was on the agenda for the January 2021 National Executive Council Meeting with the Ghana Education Service Council.
From May 3rd, 2021, the laptops will be available for distribution to teachers at district and regional education offices.
The laptop project is one of the government’s initiatives to promote digital literacy among teachers and students. The Ghana Education Service will organize in-service digital literacy training for teachers.
The laptops will change the dynamics of the classroom, making it easier for teachers to engage students in substantive, collaborative, project-based work. Teachers will benefit from laptops in terms of planning and group communication.
When each student has their own laptop every day, the dynamics of the classroom will change. Computer-based work, such as writing and revising, printing, and sharing or collecting data, will become just one of many activities that will take place in the classroom. Laptops also work well in groups. For example, students working on a written piece or sharing data can pass one or more computers among themselves, contributing to multiple aspects of a project rather than working on isolated units.
Teachers gain the ability to engage students in inquiry-based, project-based learning. Continuous access to computer-based tools such as word processors and data analysis programs for both teachers and students facilitates this type of long-term, in-depth teaching and learning.
Telecommunications should always be available from both home and school in order to provide an important mode of communication for teachers.
US Ambassador To Ghana, Her Excellency Stephanie S. Sullivan Visits KNUST
Her Excellency Stephanie S. Sullivan, Ambassador of the United States of America (U.S.A.) to Ghana, paid a visit to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) as part of a working visit to the Ashanti Region.
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson, and some members of the University administration greeted the Ambassador in the Council Chamber.
Professor Dickson expressed her satisfaction with the collaboration that has so far existed between KNUST and the United States of America. She stated that KNUST has over 40 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with institutions in the United States of America and that KNUST places a high value on partnerships. She outlined some of the most important collaborations with US institutions in the areas of scholarships, staff and student exchanges, capacity building, and joint research.
According to the Vice-Chancellor, the University thrives on high-quality teaching and learning, significant research, entrepreneurship education, and community engagement. She explained that the University will be able to achieve these goals through effective collaboration with its development partners.
Distinguished Lady Sullivan thanked KNUST management for the long-standing relationship between the US and the university in her address. Ambassador Sullivan expressed hope that the Embassy in Ghana and KNUST will continue to look for mutually beneficial opportunities.
Virginia Elliott, Counselor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Ghana, Maya Parker, Cultural Affairs Specialist, Marilyn Owusu, EducationUSA Advisor in Kumasi, and Margaret Nyarko, EducationUSA Advisor in Kumasi were all present at the meeting.
KNUST SRC General Secretary Aspirant, Catherine Osei Congratulates Muslims
Ms. Catherine Osei in a statement thanked all Muslims for holding forth and pleased to congratulate them on this milestone occasion and wishes them a successful Eid.
She again wishes that on such a festive occasion, partakers do not throw caution to the wind but do well to observe all Covid-19 protocols even as the celebrations are ongoing at home, on campus and in public spaces.
There are two great feasts celebrated by Muslims; the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated to break the fast for the month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Adha which marks the end of the Islamic yearly calendar.
URO Urges KNUST Connect and Other Student Journalists To Brand KNUST In A Positive Light
The University Relations Office (URO) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) held a day’s workshop for student journalists, writers and bloggers at the Gardiner Conference Room, Great Hall, KNUST.
This marks the second edition of the URO media interaction with various internal writers and bloggers to sensitize them on how to project the brand of the University.
He however appealed to them to continue using their various media, blogs and websites to project the University in a positive light.
He mentioned that, as the nation is still fighting the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the University Management has instituted a number of safety measures to help fight the pandemic which includes; the constitution of Covid-19 ambassadors, frequent fumigation of all traditional halls and hostels on and outside KNUST Campus, placing of hand sanitizers at vantage points in every department in the University, installation of handwashing accessories at vantage points, screening of persons before they access offices and lecture halls and the establishment of isolation and treatment centres to manage Covid-19 cases.
Dr. Bekoe advised the student bloggers to use their various platforms to build strong networks with some of the established media houses in the country and Internationally.
He appreciated their professionalism exhibited throughout the first semester of the 2020/2021 Academic Year and advised them to adhere to all the Covid-19 safety protocols during their line of work.
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